Burke & Wills Camp 1 - VIC

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DEG: -37.761757 144.922283
DMS: 37º 45' 42.32" S 144º 55' 20.23" E
UTM: 55 H 5818585mN 316983mE
Altitude: 36.63m


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798-792 A60
Moonee Ponds VIC 3039
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Stone monument in Queens Park on Mt Alexander Road depicting the location of the first camp of the ill fated Burke & Wills expedition on Monday 20th August 1860. They only travelled 6km on the first day - it was winter and they had started out from Melbourne late in the afternoon just after 4pm after a big public send-off, said to be the largest public event Melbourne had ever seen."The 27 imported camels were tied at the water hole (Queen's Park lake) and the horses, terrified of the camels, were tethered at the corner of Napier Street and Fletcher Street."The Moonee Ponds water reserve, was a favourite hunting and camping place for the local Wurundjeri-willam people. Moonee Moonee was the name they gave for the ponds. The expedition did not make an early start on day 2 either - leaving Moonee Ponds at 2.30pm. The party left together: 19 men, 26 camels, 23 horses and three wagons, plus 3 hired wagons, their drivers and horses.
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Essendon Airport at 19/02:00am EST
Distance from Burke & Wills Camp 1 4.04km N
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Essendon Airport
Distance from Burke & Wills Camp 1 4.04km N
Mean Max. °C26.325.623.920.116.113.713.014.316.719.121.724.3
Mean Min. °C13.413.912.
Mean Rain mm42.847.

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