State Library of South Australia logo Taking it to the edge
SA Memory. South Australia past and present, for the future

Bejah searched for water
Title : Bejah searched for water Bejah searched for water
Add To My SA Memory
Creator : Wells, L. A. (Lawrence Allen), 1860-1938
Source : Lawrence Allen Wells, PRG 315/4
Date of creation : 1896
Format : Diary
Contributor : State Library catalogue
Catalogue record
The State Library of South Australia is keen to find out more about SA Memory items. We encourage you to contact the Library if you have additional information about any of these items.
Copyright : This item is reproduced courtesy of Colonel David Davies. It may be printed or saved for research or study. Use for any other purpose requires written permission from Colonel David Davies and the State Library of South Australia. To request approval, complete the Permission to publish form.
Description :

In his diary entry for 28 October 1896 Lawrence Wells records how he and Bejah, the cameleer, searched for water after camping for the day. The country continued the same as on previous days, broken sandstone outcrops, rubble, some wattle. Finding a good water supply was becoming increasingly difficult, and was vital to the Calvert Expedition's success or failure. Already one camel had died, and the others were in desperate need of water. The Great Sandy Desert was uncompromising.

The Calvert Scientific Expedition had set out in June 1896 to explore central Western Australia. With Larry Wells, an experienced surveyor and bushman as leader it had advanced across the Great Sandy Desert in the hope of finding mineral resources and pastoral lands. The desert conditions were severe that year and water was proving extremely difficult to find. Bejah Dervish was the cameleer to the expedition and an extremely competent bushman.
Related names :

Wells, L. A. (Lawrence Allen), 1860-1938

Bejah, Dervish, 1862?-1957

Calvert Scientific Exploring Expedition, 1896-1897

Coverage year : 1896
Place : Great Sandy Desert (WA)
Further reading :

The explorers Penola, S. Aust.: Penola Branch, National Trust of South Australia, 1996

Steele, Wilfred To the great gulf: the surveys and explorations of L.A. Wells, last Australian explorer 1860-1938 Blackwood, S.A.: Lynton, [1978]

Mudie, Ian Larry Wells: last of the explorers 1970

Jones, Philip G., Australia's Muslim cameleers: pioneers of the inland, 1860s-1930s Kent Town, S. Aust.: Wakefield Press, 2007

Internet links :
Wells, Lawrence Allen [Bright Sparcs]
Exhibitions and events :

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



About SA Memory

Explore SA Memory

SA Memory Themes


My SA Memory


What's on