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Sturt decides to continue to the north
Title : Sturt decides to continue to the north Sturt decides to continue to the north
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Creator : Sturt, Charles, 1795-1869
Source : Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia ... volume 2 p. 31
Place Of Creation : London
Publisher : T. and W. Boone
Date of creation : 1849
Format : Book
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Sturt had made up his mind to explore the creek upstream when a violent thunderstorm lasting just 30 minutes promised water ahead. He decided to proceed to the north as he had originally intended, and explore the creek later. Accordingly on 13 October 1845 Sturt and his men moved north. That day they travelled 36 miles, crossing another tributary or channel of the Cooper, and crossing through what was obviously the creek's flood plain.

Sturt pushed north, making use of the water in pools on the ground that resulted from the thunderstorm. Eventually these began to dry up and he reached the edges of the desert that he had turned back from before. On 21 October, at 25 degrees 54 minutes south latitude, 139 degrees 25 minutes longitude Sturt again turned back for the sake of his men and his horses. He would return to Cooper Creek and explore it more thoroughly. By the time Sturt reached the creek two of his horses had failed him. His prudence in his care of his men and horses in these conditions was later praised by the Royal Geographical Society in London.
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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
Cumpston, J. H. L. Charles Sturt: his life and journeys of exploration Melbourne: Georgian House, 1951
Rudolph, Ivan Sturt's desert drama Rockhampton, Qld.: Central Queensland University Press, 2006
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