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Night travelling over poor country
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Creator : Warburton, Peter Egerton, 1813-1889
Source : Journey across the western interior of Australia, p. 216
Place Of Creation : London
Publisher : Sampson Low
Date of creation : 1875
Format : Book
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Peter Egerton Warburton recorded in his diary for 19 September 1873 that his expedition was travelling at night to avoid the worst of the heat. This was not easy as the terrain they were crossing was difficult, and eventually the sand-hills which he had been using as his directional guide, began to trend in the wrong direction. There was little feed for the camels and no water to be found. Consequently the camels, which were essential for the life of the men and the work of the expedition, were beginning to die. The men used the dead animals as their main food supply, drying the meat and utilising all other parts of the carcass.

Warburton was leading an expedition financed by Sir Thomas Elder and Walter Hughes and was supplied with camels from Elder's Beltana stud. The expedition was to search for a route from the Overland Telegraph Line in the Northern Territory to Perth in Western Australia. The expedition left from Central Mount Stuart, and it was intended that after reaching Perth they would return by a more southerly route between their own outward route and that along the coast taken by Edward Eyre in 1840. The expedition consisted of Peter Egerton Warburton, his son Richard, JW Lewis, Dennis White, Sahleh and Halleem, Afghan camel drivers, and Charley an Aboriginal man. The expedition was equipped with four riding, 12 baggage and one spare camel and six months of supplies. The expedition left Alice Springs on 15 April 1873.
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Warburton, Peter Egerton, 1813-1889

Period : 1852-1883
Place : Great Sandy Desert (WA)
Further reading :

Warburton, Peter Egerton, Journey across the western interior of Australia Adelaide: Libraries Board of South Australia, 1968

Dunn, Margaret The captain, the colonel and the bishop Adelaide: Crawford House Press, 2004

Kelly, Kieran, Tanami : on foot across Australia's desert heart Sydney: Pan Macmillan Australia, 2003

McKnight, Tom L. The camel in Australia [Melbourne]: Melbourne University Press, [1969]

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State Library of South Australia: Mortlock Wing. Taking it to the edge August 2004-



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