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Wednesday, December 3, 1800. :   James Grant discovers and names Mount Gambier in South Australia.

     Mount Gambier, around which the city of the same name is built, is the remnant of an extinct volcano, located midway between the major capital cities of Melbourne (Victoria) and Adelaide (South Australia). Ancient volcanic activity is evident in the landscape of volcanic craters, lakes, caves and underground aquifers.

James Grant was a young lieutenant sent out on a survey voyage of the southern coast. Grant was given orders to take possession in the King's name of any large rivers and good pastureland, as long as such possession was done with the consent of any native inhabitants who might be present. On 3 December 1800, Grant discovered Cape Northumberland, naming it after the Duke who was British Commander-in-Chief. Beyond Cape Northumberland, he sighted Mount Gambier, naming it after Admiral Lord James Gambier, who had commanded the fleet at the Battle of Copenhagen.


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Thought For Today
But you must keep control of yourself in all circumstances; endure suffering, do the work of a preacher of the Good News...
2 Timothy 4:5 (c) GNB
God has an eternal reward for those who stick to doing what is right.

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