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John McDouall Stuart

Celebrates the 150th anniversary of the first successful south to north crossing of Australia through the centre by John McDouall Stuart. He led six expeditions which explored north-western South Australia, then north towards the centre of the continent, and then onwards, finally reaching the north coast of Australia on 24 July 1862, on his sixth expedition. He then led all of his men safely back to Adelaide despite being gravely ill himself, and carried on a litter borne by the horses. Stuart's route would be used later by the Overland Telegraph Line, and is commemorated today by the Stuart Highway. The exhibition covers Stuart's early years in South Australia including some years as a private surveyor on Eyre Peninsula before looking at his explorations. The years of remembrance after his departure from South Australia and death are also examined. The exhibition ran from July to October 2012.

Acclaim for Stuart
Acclaim for Stuart
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An explorer's panacea
An explorer's panacea
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Billiatt's botanical specimens
Billiatt's botanical specimens
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Central Mt Stuart
Central Mt Stuart
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Central Mt Sturt or Mt Stuart
Central Mt Sturt or Mt Stuart
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Dinners in honour of John McDouall Stuart and party
Dinners in honour of John McDouall Stuart and party
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Exploration party hoisting flag
Exploration party hoisting flag
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Exploration party reaching coast
Exploration party reaching coast
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Explorer extolled
Explorer extolled
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First explorations
First explorations
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Fourth expedition map
Fourth expedition map
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Hawker's diary
Hawker's diary
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Heroic Stuart
Heroic Stuart
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Imagined interior
Imagined interior
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James Chambers
James Chambers
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James Sinclair
James Sinclair
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John McDouall Stuart
John McDouall Stuart
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John McDouall Stuart statue
John McDouall Stuart statue
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Kekwick to his brother
Kekwick to his brother
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King's Central Mount Stuart
King's Central Mount Stuart
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King's sketches
King's sketches
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Letter from Adelaide River
Letter from Adelaide River
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Letter from Moolooloo
Letter from Moolooloo
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Location of Stuart's tree
Location of Stuart's tree
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Long journey takes its toll
Long journey takes its toll
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Plans of discoveries by John McDouall
Plans of discoveries by John McDouall
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Polly's Springs
Polly's Springs
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Private Surveyor
Private Surveyor
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Sermon before the exploring expedition
Sermon before the exploring expedition
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Sixth expedition sets out
Sixth expedition sets out
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Stuart anniversaries
Stuart anniversaries
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Stuart arrives on the north coast
Stuart arrives on the north coast
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Stuart reaches the coast
Stuart reaches the coast
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Stuart revered
Stuart revered
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Stuart: In memoriam
Stuart: In memoriam
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Stuart's diaries in the news
Stuart's diaries in the news
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Stuart's first expedition
Stuart's first expedition
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Stuart's journey into the interior of Australia
Stuart's journey into the interior of Australia
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Stuart's second and third expeditions
Stuart's second and third expeditions
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Stuart's tree
Stuart's tree
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Success and return begun
Success and return begun
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Waterhouse Notebook
Waterhouse Notebook
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William Kekwick
William Kekwick
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