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The commencement of the Community Memorials Restoration Program saw the restoration of one of Queensland’s most historically significant sites, the Burke and Wills Camp 119 in Normanton. In 1860-61 Robert O’Hara Burke and William John Wills led an ill-fated expedition of 19 men with the intension of crossing Australia from Melbourne in the south to the Gulf of Carpentaria in the north, a journey of some 5000 kilometres. Camp 119 on the banks of the Little Bynoe River, about 40 kilometres by road from present-day Normanton, was the most northerly of their expedition.
While Burke and Wills made it to the Gulf of Carpentaria, they both perished on the return journey. Altogether seven men lost their lives, and only one of the four men who reached the north coast, John King, survived to return to Melbourne.
The restoration of the heritage-listed Camp 119 was administered by the department in 2012 in conjunction with the Carpentaria Shire Council. It included terminating vehicle access along with rectification and stabilisation works to the roadway to better protect the site. Funding was also given to restore and relocate interpretative signage.
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