• Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

57 years after the project commenced, the needle on Stuart’s grave in London finally is to be replaced. Funded by a grant Commemorating Eminent Australians, a replacement is to be constructed.

Grave of John McDouall Stuart photographed in 1986.

Current condition of the grave of explorer, John McDouall Stuart.

The original needle , 2.7 m high, was dislodged from the top of the grave sometime in the 2nd World War. It subsequently was lost, and in 1954, the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia  (RGSSA) began the task of restoring Stuart’s grave.

The grave is in Kensal Green Cemetery, Notting Hill, London. If you wish to visit the grave, look for grave number is 19834, located at Section 9, Row 15 (path side), near the main gates.

The current project is being managed by the John McDouall Stuart Society on behalf of the RGSSA. It is anticipated that the project will be completed by the end of May 2011.

John McDouall Stuart's grave in 1902

The grave of John McDouall Stuart, with the needle, in Kensal Green Cemetery, Notting Hill, London. Photographed 15-2-1902.

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