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03. 1938 South Australian Government expedition party
Title : 03. 1938 South Australian Government expedition party 03. 1938 South Australian Government expedition party
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Source : Mountford, Charles P., PRG 1218/9/1
Date of creation : 1938
Format : Diary
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Members of a South Australian Government expedition party sent to the Simpson Desert to search for possible remains of explorer Ludwig Leichhardt meeting with Chief Secretary Sir George Ritchie, August 1938. (L-R Sir George Ritchie, Dr Grenfell Price, CP Mountford, AD Smith, Edwin Lowe).

Two weeks earlier, it was reported in the newspaper that Lowe and his son had...
"gone out into the Simpson Desert about 80 miles north-east of Mount Daer (sic) station to muster cattle. They had found a camp of seven skeletons grouped in a circle. It appeared that the men had been around a camp fire and had been surprised by blacks and speared. Two miles away he and his son had found another skeleton. That man had probably been wounded and had 'run for it.'"
Lowe offered to lead a party of experts to the site so that they could verify these suspicions, and a team was put together.
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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