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No rain in night but heavy overcast : diary entry 16 June 1939
Title : No rain in night but heavy overcast : diary entry 16 June 1939 No rain in night but heavy overcast : diary entry 16 June 1939
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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
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At Camp 8 of the Simpson Desert Expedition Madigan recorded some of his observations on the sand ridges of the desert, illustrating their formation with a pencil sketch. Twelve miles into their crossing of the desert the sand-hills were already becoming more regular and closer together. On the second day alone they had crossed 70 of these sand-hills, and they were approximately four to the mile and 80 feet high.

Madigan's expedition was financed by AA Simpson of Adelaide, and was timed to take advantage of two good seasons of rain. Madigan was not the first to attempt a crossing of this desert. Before him there had been David Lindsay who had skirted it in the 1880s, Augustus Poeppel who was surveying the South Australian border in 1880, and in 1936 Ted Colson had crossed the desert from west to east, from his station at Blood Creek to Birdsville. Colson though had mostly followed the 26th parallel, the South Australian - Northern Territory border. Madigan's course would enable him to assess the sand-hills, and make scientific observations of the desert's geology and its ecology.
Related names :

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

Lindsay, David, 1856-1922

Poeppel, Augustus

Colson, Edmund Albert

Simpson, Alfred Allen, 1875-1939

Coverage year : 1939
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :
Madigan, C. T. Crossing the dead heart Adelaide: Rigby, 1974
Royal Society of South Australia The Simpson Desert Expedition, 1939: scientific reports Adelaide: The Society, 1944-1948
Shephard, Mark The Simpson Desert: natural history and human endeavour Adelaide: Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (South Australian Branch) and Giles Publications, 1992
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