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The expedition turns back
Title : The expedition turns back The expedition turns back
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Creator : James, T. Horton (Thomas Horton)
Source : Six months in South Australia ..., p. 284
Place Of Creation : London
Publisher : J. Cross
Date of creation : 1838
Format : Book
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Hutchinson and Strangways and their party were now delayed by bad weather. On 8 December they were compelled to turn back as the boat had been overloaded with people, and provisions had run low. Initially they rowed towards Point McLeay. At first the water was shallow, about six feet, then deepened to 15 feet, before shoaling again. The men filled the water kegs here, and the water was sweet with no taint of the sea. They reached Currency Creek about 6pm and found three kangaroos left for them by the party of men who had remained a while at the base they had established there. As they had by now run out of food entirely this was an agreeable sight. Next day the party was joined by Captain Blenkinsop from the Encounter Bay whaling station. He was accompanied by Sir John Jeffcott, and the Governor's son.

Captain Blenkinsop, manager of the whaling station and Sir John Jeffcott, judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia, then left to take the whaleboat out through the Murray Mouth. Before this however Blenkinsop located a large quantity of valuable whalebone on the shore of Hindmarsh Island and loaded it into the boat. They then proceeded to the mouth of the river.
Related names :

Hutchinson, Young Bingham, 1806-1870

Strangways, Thomas Bewes, d. 1859

Jeffcott, John William, Sir, 1796-1837

Blenkinsop, John William Dundas

Coverage year : 1837
Region : Fleurieu Peninsula
Further reading :
Hague, R. M. Sir John Jeffcott: portrait of a colonial judge Parkville, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 1963
Borrow, K. T. Whaling at Encounter Bay Adelaide: Pioneers' Association of S.A., [1947]
Jennings, Helen Young Bingham Hutchinson (1806-70) and the foundation of South Australia Adelaide: Pioneers' Association of South Australia, 1991
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