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Some camel feed found
Title : Some camel feed found Some camel feed found
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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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After another night march, some wattle bush was found, and Lawrence Wells decided to camp early at 5.40am to allow those camels which were able to feed on it. It was the first camel food found in a hundred miles. However finding water was crucial to the life of those camels which were ill. In his diary entry for 27 October 1896 Wells wrote of his concern for the safety of the expedition, and in particular for his cousin Charles Wells and George Jones, who had separated from the main party on 11 October, when they diverged on a side trip, in the expectation of re-uniting with the main body of the Calvert Scientific Expedition at Joanna Springs, still some four days away.

Larry Wells was the leader of the Calvert Scientific Exploring Expedition, which was financed by Albert Calvert to explore Central Western Australia. It was hoped the expedition woiuld find good pastoral lands or mineral resources. After departing from Mullewa in June 1896 they travelled north, and by 29 July had entered the Great Sandy Desert and previously unexplored country. From this point forward it became difficult to find adequate water and suitable feed for the camels. Some of the camels had eaten poisonous plants and either died or were sick as a result. Ample water would have helped them recover.
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Wells, L.A, (Lawrence Allen), 1860-1938

Wells, C. F. (Charles Frederick), 1849-1897

Jones, George Lindsay, 1879-1897

Calvert Scientific Exploring Expedition, 1896-1897

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