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01. Skeletons in the desert
Title : 01. Skeletons in the desert 01. Skeletons in the desert
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Source : Mountford, Charles P., PRG 1218
Date of creation : 1938
Format : Diary
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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The Chief Secretary, and members of a 1938 expedition that travelled to the Simpson Desert to investigate skeletons, thought by some to be the remain's of Ludwig Leichhardt and his expedition party. Left to right: Sir George Ritchie (Chief Secretary), Dr. Grenfell Price, CP Mountford, AD Smith and Edwin Lowe.


In 1938 Charles Mountford was asked to join an expedition to examine relics found in the northeast of the state near Mount Dare Station. The relics were found by station owner Edwin Lowe, who believed them to be the remains of a party of Europeans.

The finding was reported in the press on 3 August 1938, and soon after speculation emerged that it may have been the remains of the party of nineteenth century explorer Ludwig Leichhardt.

Under the auspices of the State Government an expedition party was quickly put together and departed to conduct a thorough survey of the site. The party was led by Archibald Grenfell Price, the president of the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia. Other members were AD Smith (surveyor), TD Campbell (anthropologist), CP Mountford (ethnologist) and AC Kinnear (press correspondent).

Subjects
Related names :
Lowe, Edwin
Leichhardt, Ludwig, 1813-1848
Mountford, Charles P. (Charles Pearcy), 1890-1976
Price, A. Grenfell (Archibald Grenfell), 1892-1977
Ritchie, George, Sir, 1864-1944
Smith, Arthur Dickinson
Coverage year : 1938
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :
Connell, Gordon. The mystery of Ludwig Leichhardt. Carlton, Vic. : Melbourne University Press, 1980

Lamshed, Max. 'Monty' : the biography of C.P. Mountford, Adelaide : Rigby, 1972, pp. 56-60

Mountford, Charles P. 'Papers relating to the South Australian Government Expedition to search for the remains of explorer Ludwig Leichhardt', PRG 1218/9

Price, A. Grenfell. The Mystery of Leichhardt : the South Australian government expedition of 1938, South Australia : Royal Geographical Society, 1937-38

Roderick, Colin. Leichhardt, the dauntless explorer, North Ryde, N.S.W. : Angus & Robertson, 1988
Internet links :
Australian Dictionary of Biography - Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt

National Museum of Australia. Leichhardt: the man, the mystery, the science, the history [symposium held in 2007]

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