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Saw crows and footprints
Title : Saw crows and footprints Saw crows and footprints
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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
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On 12 October 1896, Lawrence Wells recorded in his diary that he saw some footprints of Aboriginal people and some crows. These were the few signs of life in the barren expanse of the Great Sandy Desert of Western Australia that the Calvert Scientific Expedition was crossing. Wells walked on ahead after the expedition camped for the day to observe the country ahead of them, and recorded a dry salt lake and endless sand ridges as far as he could see with some sandstone outcrops to the west, together with some wattle and spinifex. There was no evidence in sight of any improvement in the land.

The Calvert Scientific Exploring Expedition was financed by Albert Calvert, a London mining engineer who hoped that his expedition would locate mineral resources and pastoral lands in central Western Australia. The expedition leader Lawrence Allen Wells was a South Australian, and the expedition was managed by AT Magarey of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (South Australian Branch). Wells was an experienced explorer and surveyor, and the expedition was equipped with camels which were managed by the experienced cameleer Bejah Dervish.
Related names :

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

Calvert Scientific Exploring Expedition (1896-1897)

Bejah, Dervish, 1862?-1957.

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