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Coulthard's last message
Title : Coulthard's last message Coulthard's last message
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Creator : Babbage, Benjamin Herschel, 1815-1878
Source : Parliamentary paper (South Australia. Parliament); no. 25 of 1858, p. 30
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : Government Printer
Date of creation : 1858
Additional Creator : Coulthard, William, d. 1858
Format : Magazine
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Babbage describes where they found Coulthard's body. He was puzzled that Coulthard had not seen the Pera Waterhole which was clearly distinguished from the surrounding country by the gum trees nearby. Coulthard had apparently undressed and lay down in the shade of some bushes to find relief from the sun. He had scratched a message on his metal canteen which told the whole of his sad end: bleeding his horse to drink its blood, and the dreadful last moments and agonies of a man dying of thirst. Babbage and his men buried Coulthard where they found him on Pernatty Creek, which drains into the Pernatty Lagoon.

Babbage returned Coulthard's watch and compass to his widow Marion. The canteen with its message was sent down the the Commissioner of Crown Lands. Marion Coulthard would later write to the Commissioner and ask for the canteen to be returned to her. This canteen was later donated to the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia. The reference to a map of Swinden's country found in Coulthard's pocket is to explorations made in 1857 by Charles Swinden, Murdoch Campbell and D Thompson.
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Babbage, Benjamin Herschel, 1815-1878

Coulthard, William, d. 1858

Coverage year : 1858
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :
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
Gill, Dawn, Iron tracks and dusty trails: the life of Benjamin Herschel Babbage Henley Beach, S. Aust.: Seaview Press, c2002
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