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Abundant grass and plentiful water
Title : Abundant grass and plentiful water Abundant grass and plentiful water
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Creator : Sturt, Charles, 1795-1869
Source : Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia ..., volume 2, p. 27
Place Of Creation : London
Publisher : T. and W. Boone
Date of creation : 1849
Format : Book
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Charles Sturt had been exploring in the Barrier Ranges and the desert regions of northern South Australia and across the border in New South Wales for nearly 12 months, at times pinned to his base at Depot Glen on Preservation Creek by the intense heat and the lack of water in the regions around him, but persistently making forays in search of good lands and permanent water. In early October 1845, after days of crossing a barren region, suddenly they came upon an abundance of grass, and then a large sheet of water. They had discovered Cooper Creek.

Sturt had noted the day before that the plain he was crossing was subject to floods, but the expanse of water he had found, the abundant grass and the dense trees, after the wide and bare plain was a revelation and he could only describe it in superlatives: magnificent, imposing and unusual.
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Sturt, Charles, 1795-1869

Period : 1836-1851
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :
Beale, Edgar Sturt, the chipped idol: a study of Charles Sturt, explorer Sydney: Sydney University Press, 1979
Brock, Daniel George, To the desert with Sturt: a diary of the 1844 expedition Adelaide: Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, South Australian Branch, 1975
Stokes, Edward, To the inland sea: Charles Sturt's expedition 1844-45 Melbourne: Hutchinson of Australia, 1986
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