State Library of South Australia logo Taking it to the edge
SA Memory. South Australia past and present, for the future

The expedition waits for their gear to dry
Title : The expedition waits for their gear to dry The expedition waits for their gear to dry
Add To My SA Memory
Creator : Madigan, C. T. (Cecil Thomas), 1889-1947
Source : C. T. Madigan, PRG 43/1
Date of creation : 1939
Format : Diary
Contributor : State Library catalogue
Catalogue record
The State Library of South Australia is keen to find out more about SA Memory items. We encourage you to contact the Library if you have additional information about any of these items.
Copyright : This item is reproduced courtesy of Mr David Madigan. It may be printed or saved for research or study. Use for any other purpose requires written permission from Mr David Madigan and the State Library of South Australia. To request approval, complete the Permission to publish form.
Description :

Cecil Madigan set out in 1939 to conduct a scientific exploration of the Simpson Desert. The expedition on 17 June was still at camp 8 and waiting for their gear to dry out after rain. Madigan recorded that the rain penetrated 15 inches into the sand. They also collected some rainwater in ground sheets to supplement the 232 gallons they had started out with. Madigan recorded the variety of birds seen. It was from this camp that the expedition made the first of their national broadcasts using a Traeger pedal set.

The expedition consisted of Cecil Madigan, geologist and leader; RL Croker, botanist; HO Fletcher, biological collector; D Marshall, photographer; RA Simpson, wireless operator; A Hubbard, cook; Jack Bejah, head camel man, assisted by Nur Mahommed Moocha; and Andrew an Aboriginal man from Marree. The expedition went by truck to Andado station and from there proceeded to cross the desert using camels, supplied by Bejah Dervish, Jack Bejah's father.
Related names :

Madigan, C. T., (Cecil Thomas), 1889-1947

Traeger, Alfred Hermann, 1895-1980

Coverage year : 1939
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :
Madigan, C. T. Crossing the dead heart Melbourne: Georgian House, 1946
Royal Society of South Australia The Simpson Desert Expedition, 1939 : scientific reports Adelaide: The Society, 1944-1948

Bonython, C. Warren Walking the Simpson Desert [Adelaide]: Rigby, 1980

Shephard, Mark The Simpson Desert: natural history and human endeavour Adelaide: Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (South Australian Branch) and Giles Publications, 1992

Internet links :
Exhibitions and events :



About SA Memory

Explore SA Memory

SA Memory Themes


My SA Memory


What's on