Burke and Wills

Methink Burke and Wills cry out to-night, “What for whitefellow no send horse and grub?” You hear wind? That come up from Cooper Creek. My word, master, Mr Burke, Wills too, big one walk about on that creek.

Burke and Wills

'They have left here today!' he calls to the others. When King puts his hand down above the ashes of the fire, it is to find it still hot. There is even a tiny flame flickering from the end of one log. They must have left just hours ago.' MELBOURNE, 20 AUGUST 1860. In an ambitious quest to be the first Europeans to cross the harsh Australian continent, the Victorian Exploring Expedition sets off, farewelled by 15,000 cheering well-wishers. Led by Robert O'Hara Burke, a brave man totally lacking in the bush skills necessary for his task; surveyor and meteorologist William Wills; and 17 others, the expedition took 20 tons of equipment carried on six wagons, 23 horses and 26 camels. Almost immediately plagued by disputes and sackings, the expeditioners battled the extremes of the Australian landscape and weather: its deserts, the boggy mangrove swamps of the Gulf, the searing heat and flooding rains. Food ran short and, unable to live off the land, the men nevertheless mostly spurned the offers of help from the local Indigenous people. In desperation, leaving the rest of the party at the expedition's depot on Coopers Creek, Burke, Wills and John King made a dash for the Gulf in December 1860. Bad luck and bad management would see them miss by just hours a rendezvous back at Coopers Creek, leaving them stranded in the wilderness with practically no supplies. Only King survived to tell the tale. Yet, despite their tragic fates, the names of Burke and Wills have become synonymous with perseverance and bravery in the face of overwhelming odds. They live on in Australia's history - and their story remains immediate and compelling.

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Burke and Wills
Language: en
Pages: 368
Authors: EB Joyce, DA McCann
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-11-02 - Publisher: CSIRO PUBLISHING

This book challenges the common assumption that little or nothing of scientific value was achieved during the Burke and Wills expedition. The Royal Society of Victoria initiated the Victorian Exploring Expedition as a serious scientific exploration of hitherto unexplored regions of inland and northern Australia. Members of the expedition were
Burke and Wills
Language: en
Pages: 736
Authors: Peter FitzSimons
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-04-05 - Publisher: Hachette UK

'They have left here today!' he calls to the others. When King puts his hand down above the ashes of the fire, it is to find it still hot. There is even a tiny flame flickering from the end of one log. They must have left just hours ago.' MELBOURNE,
Following Burke and Wills Across Australia
Language: en
Pages: 416
Authors: Dave Phoenix
Categories: Business & Economics
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-06 - Publisher: CSIRO PUBLISHING

Every Australian has heard of Burke and Wills but few have travelled in their footsteps. In 2008, historian Dave Phoenix decided to walk across Australia from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria, following the track taken by the ill-fated Burke and Wills Expedition. Now you can follow them too. Following
The Aboriginal Story of Burke and Wills
Language: en
Pages: 336
Authors: Ian Clark, Fred Cahir
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-07-22 - Publisher: CSIRO PUBLISHING

The Aboriginal Story of Burke and Wills is the first major study of Aboriginal associations with the Burke and Wills expedition of 1860–61. A main theme of the book is the contrast between the skills, perceptions and knowledge of the Indigenous people and those of the new arrivals, and the
The Art of the Collection
Language: en
Pages: 164
Authors: State Library of Victoria, Richard Aitken
Categories: Pictures
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007-01-01 - Publisher: Melbourne University Publish

The Art of the Collection is a celebration of the State Library of Victoria's Picture Collection-the oldest visual documentary collection in Australia. Acting on its mandate to collect and preserve Victoria's documentary heritage, the Library acquires paintings, maps, diaries and documents that showcase all facets of Victorian life, past and