Can you answer monumental question?

The Macmillan obelisk at Oban Parish Church. Who built it?

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Can you solve a mystery puzzling Australian government officials?

Kayla Nardella who is a senior curator for Queensland Government’s museums got in touch with The Oban Times asking for help.

She hopes readers will be able to give her the answers she needs to be able to write a short history about Archibald Campbell Macmillan, one of their early surveyors and bridge engineers who worked for them between 1862 and 1905.

‘We have found that there is a beautiful granite memorial obelisk erected in the Oban Parish Church yard to members of his family buried there – two brothers and one sister,’ said Kayla.

‘We are trying to find out when the obelisk was erected there and by whom. The parish church has no details.’

Macmillan was born in Oban in 1840, the second son of retired surveyor of taxes John Macmillan and Anne Barbara Macmillan, daughter of Colonel Campbell of the 42nd Gordon Highlanders. The family stayed in Oban until 1859.

After Macmillan’s government service in Queensland, he turned his attention to sugar cane production, running his own company. Later interests included establishing a herd of shorthorn cattle and thoroughbred horses.

He died in 1905, survived by a wife, four sons and a daughter.

Anyone with information about the obelisk should email