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Charles Grimes - survey of Port Phillip Bay

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charles grimes re-enactment

Re-enactment in February 2003 for Grimes Expedition of 1803.

On the weekend of February the 1st and 2nd, 2003, Melbourne's Living Museum of the West in partnership with Friends of the Maribyrnong Valley celebrated the bi-centenary of the exploration of the Maribynong and Yarra Rivers by the Grimes Survey Team.

The project was funded by City West Water with strong support by Maribyrnong City Council and Parks Victoria.

A driving force behind the project, tour boat operator, Peter Somerville with a replica of the boat used by the Grimes team to survey the rivers. This boat was built by Footscray College of TAFE some years ago and was presented to the City of Maribyrnong.






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1 introduction

2 the most eligible place for a settlement

3 2003 re-enactment event

4 four councils

5 the surveyor general's tribute

6 re-enactment images
the first leg

7 pipemakers park event

8 the plaque

9 city of moonee valley

10 the turning basin

11 flemming's journal

12 the map

13 news articles

14 george seelaf - boat design

15 the obelisk

16 avondale heights plaque

17 dights falls




LMW is supported by Parks Victoria and the City of Maribyrnong

Pipemakers Park is managed by the City of Maribyrnong.