The highest peak
, standing at 2228 metres above sea level
It was discovered in 1839 by Polish explorer
Count Strzelecki after he crossed the Australian Alps
. Strzelecki was the first man to climb the mountain and named it after a Polish democratic political
leader, Tadeusz Kosciuszko.
Strzelecki misspelt the Kosciuszko's name as "Kosciusko
" and so the mountain
was spelt the same way. It was not until March 1997 that the Geographical Names Board announced that the mountain and surrounding national park of the same name would now be spelt with a "z" -- Kosciuszko (pronounced kozz-ee-OSS-koe).