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Horrocks sets out with Gill and Kilroy : letter 8 September 1846
Title : Horrocks sets out with Gill and Kilroy : letter 8 September 1846 Horrocks sets out with Gill and Kilroy : letter 8 September 1846
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Creator : Horrocks, John Ainsworth, 1818-1846
Source : PRG 966/6
Date of creation : 1846
Format : Letter
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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On page 2 of his letter to the colonists who had sponsored his expedition, Horrocks explained how he set out from their depot accompanied by ST Gill and Bernard Kilroy. They had provisions for three weeks and 10 gallons of water, which were carried on the camel. They would attempt to reach some high land previously noted by the explorers Edward Eyre and John Darke. The country was largely red sand-hills, with some stony ground, a little oaten grass and the salsolaceous plants typical of arid lands.

Salsolaceous plants was a term used by 19th century Australian explorers, including Charles Sturt, to describe a range of plants that were found in inland Australia. They are described as plants found on the sea coasts and the salt impregnated soils of warm and temperate regions.

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Horrocks, John Ainsworth, 1818-1846

Gill, S. T. (Samuel Thomas), 1818-1880

Kilroy, Bernard

Eyre, Edward John, 1815-1901

Darke, John Charles, 1806-1844

Coverage year : 1846
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :
Morphett, George C. John Ainsworth Horrocks Adelaide: Pioneers' Association of S.A., 1946
John Ainsworth Horrocks of Penwortham: explorer and pioneer Watervale, [S. Aust.]: Mt. Horrocks Historical Soc., [1986?] ([Burra, S. Aust.?]: Burra Community Print)
Yarns and legends compiled by Geraldine Pearce [Watervale, S. Aust.]: Mt. Horrocks Historical Society, [1993]
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