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Jeffcott and Blenkinsop are drowned
Title : Jeffcott and Blenkinsop are drowned Jeffcott and Blenkinsop are drowned
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Creator : James, T. Horton (Thomas Horton)
Source : Six months in South Australia ..., p. 285
Place Of Creation : London
Publisher : J. Cross
Date of creation : 1838
Format : Book
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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T Bewes Strangways and Young Bingham Hutchinson had originally set out to examine the navigability of the Murray Mouth which was greatly debated. In November 1837 they travelled overland from Adelaide to the whaling station at Encounter Bay where they borrowed a whaleboat and crew.  The mouth was negotiated safely and they continued upstream discovering Currency Creek, and named Hindmarsh Island, Point McLeay and Point Sturt. From here they returned to their depot as provisions were running low. Their expedition ended when Sir John Jeffcott and Captain Blenkinsop from the whaling station attempted to sail back out through the mouth: their boat was overwhelmed by the waves and they, along with two of the crew were drowned. There a possibility that repairs that had been made to the boat after it was snagged in Currency Creek may have been damaged and contributed to the boat being overturned.

Captain Blenkinsop took the whaleboat out through the mouth of the Murray, but when he had nearly passed the last line of breakers the surf overturned the boat and Blenkinsop, Sir John Jeffcott and two crew members were drowned. The surviving crew were assisted ashore by the Aboriginal people. Strangways and Hutchinson then discussed the river flows and currents at the Murray Mouth, comparing them with Captain Charles Sturt's findings in 1830 when he navigated the Murray and discovered the mouth. They considered the Mouth unusable except possibly by steam vessels. They considered Encounter Bay a superior anchorage for the colony.

Related names :

Jeffcott, John William, Sir, 1796-1837

Blenkinsop, John William Dundas

Hutchinson, Young Bingham, 1806-1870

Strangways, Thomas Bewes, d. 1859

Sturt, Charles, 1795-1869

Coverage year : 1837
Period : 1836-1851
Place : Murray River and Encounter Bay, South Australia
Region : Fleurieu Peninsula
Further reading :

Jennings, Helen Young Bingham Hutchinson (1806-70) and the foundation of South Australia Adelaide: Pioneers' Association of South Australia, 1991

Williams, Gwenneth South Australian exploration to 1856 Adelaide: Board of Governors of the Public Library, Museum, and Art Gallery of South Australia, 1919

James, T. Horton Six months in South Australia: with some account of Port Phillip and Portland Bay, in Australia Felix Adelaide: Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 1999: Appendices at the end of the volume include accounts of a number of minor explorations from Adelaide in the early years.

Internet links :

Whaling in South Australia

Supreme Court History: Sir John Jeffcott

Murray Mouth : Wikipedia

Australian Dictionary of Biography Online Edition : Jeffcott, Sir John (1796-1837)

Personal papers of Young Bingham Hutchinson, State Library of South Australia Archival Collection PRG 1013

Account by Fell on drowning of Jeffcott D 5471 (L)

Exhibitions and events :

State Library of South Australia: Mortlock Wing. Taking it to the edge August 2004-



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