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Horrocks's severely wounded : letter 8 September 1846
Title : Horrocks's severely wounded : letter 8 September 1846 Horrocks's severely wounded : 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 3 of his letter to his sponsors Horrocks described the accident that ended the expedition. He was reloading his gun to shoot a bird for the natural history collection they were making, when it was accidentally discharged when the camel lurched, knocking him. This movement fired the gun, shooting the ramrod through his fingers and lower jaw, knocking out a row of teeth from his upper jaw.

Horrocks' gun had slugs in one barrel and ball in the other. He was in the process of changing this ammunition, and screwing the ramrod into the wad over the slugs, when the gun was accidentally fired. The camel, named Harry, was the surviving one of a small batch that was imported in October 1840 from the Canary Islands. Horrocks had exchanged six of his cows for the camel, believing it would be highly suitable for work in the arid regions he proposed to explore. It would be more than 20 years before camels became the mainstay of Australian desert exploration.

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Horrocks, John Ainsworth, 1818-1846

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)
McKnight, Tom L. The camel in Australia [Melbourne]: Melbourne University Press, [1969]
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