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The online digital research archive of expedition records
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  • Duke of Edinburgh's Expedition McKinlay cairn, Lake Massacre, SA.
  • McKinlays grave, Willaston Cemetery, Willaston, SA.
  • McKinlay memorial, Murray Street, Gawler, SA.
  • McKinlay memorial, Landsborough Highway, McKinlay, QLD.
  • McKinlay memorial, Kennedy Highway, Middleton, QLD.
  • McKinlay memorial, Middleton, SA.

McKinlay Memorial, Gawler, SA.

Erected 14 November 1874.

Erected by many colonists as a memorial of John McKinlay. A chief amongst Australian explorers and leader of expedition in search of Burke and Wills, 1861. Born at Sandbank, Argyleshire, Scotland, August 26th 1819. Died at Oaklands, Gawler December 31st 1872.

Brave yet gentle resolve yet unassuming. Formed to command, yet stern to none who knew to obey. He was at once admired and loved. To his country he has bequeathed a name which she may proudly add to the dead roll of her distinguished men.

McKinlay Memorial, McKinlay, QLD.


Born Sandbank Scotland 1819. Died Gawler South Australia 1872,
Commissioned by the South Australian Government to search for
the missing Burke and Wills expedition.

John McKinlay and party with horses, cattle, camels and sheep left Adelaide August 16th 1861, and traversed this district naming mountains and rivers en route to the Gulf of Carpentaria whose tidal waters were reached May 20th 1862 thereby completing the first and greatest Australian Transcontinental droving feat.

McKinlay discovered and named the McKinlay River in April 1862
after which McKinlay Town was named.

Erected by the McKinlay Shire Council 1960.

McKinlay Memorial, Middleton, QLD.

McKinlay Memorial, Lake Massacre, SA.

Notes for the responsible traveler :

Respecting Australia's heritage.
The sites listed above represent a significant stage in the development of our nation. It is important that we all treat these sites with respect to ensure they continue to retain their significance for future generations and do not become degraded or even destroyed by visitor pressure.

Legislation to protect sites.
Many of the sites are listed on the federal Register of the National Estate or various State Heritage Registers and are protected under State and Federal legislation, including the Australian Heritage Council Act 2003 and the Protection of Moveable Cultural Heritage Act 1986. Digging, excavation, searching for artifacts and use of metal detectors at historical sites associated with exploration history is prohibited under various State legislation including the the Heritage Act 1992 (Queensland), Heritage Places Act 1993 (South Australia), Heritage Act 1977 (New South Wales) and the Heritage Act 1995 (Victoria). Additional legislation associated with the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Heritage Protection Act 1994 (Federal), the Heritage Act 1977 (New South Wales), the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 1993 (Queensland), the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (South Australia) and the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 (Victoria) affords additional protection at a number of significant historical sites.

Respecting indigenous culture.
Wherever you travel in Australia, you are in the traditional land of Indigenous Australians. This is country that has been significant to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people for over 60,000 years.

Access to sites.
Some of the sites listed above may be on private property. The inclusion of these sites on Burke & Wills Web in no way grants access to any of the sites of locations shown. The traveler must obtain permission to visit any private land or protected or closed area.

Inclusion of sites on this list does not imply the authenticity of such places. Burke & Wills Web aims to catalogue memorials as sites of interest, rather than pass judgment as to their authenticity.

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