Monument to Boyd

The Sydney Morning Herald

6 November 1924

Hume-Hovell, the Centenary. Monument to Boyd.

At the centenary celebrations in Tumut on Monday a monument erected over the grave of Thomas Boyd, who formed one of the party of the Hume-Hovell expedition, which arrived at Tumut on November 1, 1824, was unveiled In the local cemetery, where the remains of Boyd were interred in August, 1885.

Amongst the speakers at the function were several who had lived for many years close beside Boyd in the Gilmore Valley, near Tumut.

One of whom, Mr. R. J. Benson, read some stories told by Boyd In reference to the famous tour.

One was that when they reached the Murray River, close to where Albury now stands, it was at once seen that great difficulty would be experienced in crossing the great stream. Mr. Boyd, being an exceptionally strong swimmer, pulled off his clothes and swam the river to test the strength of the current, and thus gaining the honour of being the first white man to swim the Murray.