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Another channel to the creek discovered
Title : Another channel to the creek discovered Another channel to the creek discovered
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Creator : Sturt, Charles, 1795-1869
Source : Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia ..., volume 2, p. 28
Place Of Creation : London
Publisher : T. and W. Boone
Date of creation : 1849
Format : Book
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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It was 12 October 1845 and Charles Sturt and his men prepared breakfast on the banks of the newly discovered Cooper Creek, a very substantial oasis in the desert. Several ducks were shot to add to the meal. Later after the horses had had a good feed and a rest Sturt climbed a small hill, and discovered another channel of the creek, some 200 yards wide. There were many paths of Aboriginal peoples, and evidence of them having fired the grass, for it to grow afresh. Cooper Creek was Sturt's most important discovery on this expedition of 1844-46.

It was evident when the men shot the ducks that guns had never been used in the area before. However the ducks quickly learnt the meaning of the guns' report, and flew off. It was not so easy to make further kills. However the fresh meat provided by the shot birds would have been a welcome relief to men living on salted meat, and damper.
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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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