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Creator : Warburton, Peter Egerton, 1813-1889
Source : Journey across the western interior of Australia, p. 249
Place Of Creation : London
Publisher : Sampson Low
Date of creation : 1875
Format : Book
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Warburton's expedition had by 4 November 1873 decided to make for the Oakover River where water and help was assured. Both Warburton and his son Richard were very weak after the extreme difficulties they had endured during this expedition. They were in dire need of water to carry on their journey and Charley the Aboriginal guide had been sent out to find some. Although Warburton was worried about his prolonged absence he decided he could wait no longer for Charley's return. At 6pm they set out and eight miles along Charley returned at last indicating he had located a supply of water.

Some of the explorers used the knowledge of the Aboriginal people by taking them with them on their expeditions: their bushcraft would help the explorers find water and feed for the horses, bullocks and camels of their transport. It was hoped also that their presence would help with the tribal groups met along the way. Charley was invaluable to Warburton on his expedition and found water holes by tracking Aboriginal people or by watching the movements of birds which frequently indicated water. Warburton was fully aware of this invaluable assistance. The Oakover River in Western Australian has featured a number of times in explorers' accounts and always as a fall back position of safety: Frank Gregory used it in 1861 and Larry Wells would search for its safety in 1896.
Related names :

Warburton, Peter Egerton, 1813-1889

Charley (Aboriginal man)

Warburton, Richard Egerton

Coverage year : 1873
Place : Great Sandy Desert (WA)
Further reading :
McLaren, Glen Beyond Leichhardt: bushcraft and the exploration of Australia South Fremantle, W.A.: Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1996
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

Internet links :
Dictionary of Australian Biography: see Peter Egerton Warburton
Exhibitions and events :

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



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