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Cameron Corner

South-west Queensland, at the border corner with New South Wales and South Australia., Cameron Corner

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Cameron Corner (2015); © Royal Geographical Society of QLD

Cameron Corner (2015)

Cameron Corner Post plaque (2004); Qld Governemnt

Cameron Corner Post plaque (2004)

Cameron Corner Post (2004); Qld Governemnt

Cameron Corner Post (2004)

Original Cameron Corner Post (2007); Qld Governemnt

Original Cameron Corner Post (2007)

Cameron Corner was marked in September 1880 as the westernmost point along the Queensland-New South Wales border. Letters Patent issued by Queen Victoria in 1859 described the border as comprising three sections, two of which – the eastern and western sections – requiring surveying. The eastern section from Point Danger to the Dumaresq River was surveyed from 1863-1866. The western section, west of Mungindi along the 29th parallel, was surveyed from 1879-1881. Commencing from Barringun, NSW surveyor John Brewer Cameron and Queensland’s George Chale Watson surveyed west to the South Australian border. Cameron was responsible for the astronomical work and Watson for chainage. In March 1880, Watson withdrew from the survey party, leaving Cameron to complete the 285 mile survey alone. Cameron identified the corner between Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia and marked it with a timber post, later returning to Barringun to complete the final section east to Mungindi by October 1881. The original Cameron Corner post was replaced by a concrete pillar in 1969. While new spatial technology has identified the exact corner location is 20m east of the pillar, Cameron Corner remains a well-known tourist destination, where visitors can be in three states at once!

Coordinates: -28.99906462, 140.99929789

Full details of this heritage-registered place are in the Heritage register.

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Last reviewed
1 July 2022
Last updated
28 February 2023