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Babbage finds Coulthard's body
Title : Babbage finds Coulthard's body Babbage finds Coulthard's body
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Creator : Babbage, Benjamin Herschel, 1815-1878
Source : Parliamentary paper (South Australia. Parliament); no. 25 of 1858, p. 29
Date of creation : 1858
Format : Magazine
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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William Coulthard of Nuriootpa had set out in March 1858 with two companions, William Scott and Henry Brooks, to look for pastoral lands to the north of Spencer Gulf. Unable to find a water source, the men had separated. Scott and Brooks were saved when they fell in with a major South Australian exploration party led by Benjamin Herschel Babbage. He immediately set about searching for the missing Coulthard. It was however months before he found him, in the unlikeliest of places. Babbage hastened back to his camp to arrange for Coulthard's burial. Prior to his pastoral explorations Coulthard had surveyed the town of Nuriootpa. The Uniting Church in that town commemorates his name.

Babbage's expedition was undertaking a thorough exploration of the country between Lakes Torrens and Gairdner and north from there. Its purpose was to survey and map the country and determine the extent and direction of Lake Torrens, and identify ranges, rivers and waterholes. Babbage would later be criticised for the slowness of his work and be replaced as leader. John McDouall Stuart was also in the area undertaking private exploration.
Related names :

Coulthard, William, d. 1858

Babbage, Benjamin Herschel, 1815-1878

Coverage year : 1858
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :
Gill, Dawn, Iron tracks and dusty trails: the life of Benjamin Herschel Babbage Henley Beach, S. Aust.: Seaview Press, c2002
Threadgill, Bessie South Australian land exploration, 1856 to 1880 Adelaide: Board of Governors of the Public Library, Museum and Art Gallery of South Australia, 1922
William Scott's statement of the events leading to Coulthard's death are contained in South Australian Parliamentary Paper 25 of 1858, pages 14 and 15.
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