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Separation Well and cache of meat: diary 26 May 1897
Title : Separation Well and cache of meat: diary 26 May 1897 Separation Well and cache of meat: diary 26 May 1897
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Creator : Rudall, William Frederick, 1861-1953
Source : William Frederick Rudall PRG 474/2
Date of creation : 1897
Format : Diary
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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When Larry Wells reported that two of his men were missing, the Western Australian Government sent William Rudall out to search for them, in addition to Larry Wells leading his own search party. Rudall left Roebourne in December 1896 with two men and an Aboriginal tracker named Cherry. By May 1897 his search expedition was on the brink of abandoning their equipment and camels as they suffered extreme heat and other privations. They however were successful in finding Larry Wells' Separation Well where in addition to water they also found the tins of meat he had cached there.

William Rudall was an experienced surveyor, who had worked in South Australia, surveying Keith before being retrenched in 1885. He moved to Western Australia and eventually took up surveying again. In his search for Charles Wells and George Jones, the lost men of the Calvert Scientific Expedition, Rudall explored some 23,000 square miles of country. The Rudall River National Park is named for him. Larry Wells however was the man who found the bodies of his men.
Related names :

Calvert Scientific Exploring Expedition (1896-1897)

Rudall, William Frederick, 1861-1953

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

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

Jones, George Lindsay, 1879-1897

Coverage year : 1897
Place : Great Sandy Desert (WA)
Further reading :
Sitters, Valerie William Rudall and the search for Charles Wells and George Jones. Geonews, vol. 6, no. 3 July/August 1999, pp. 5-10
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