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Charley is praised for his efforts
Title : Charley is praised for his efforts Charley is praised for his efforts
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Creator : Warburton, Peter Egerton, 1813-1889
Source : Journey across the western interior of Australia, p. 250
Place Of Creation : London
Publisher : Sampson Low
Date of creation : 1875
Format : Book
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Peter Egerton Warburton praises Charley, the expedition's Aboriginal guide for his efforts in finding water, without which the whole party would have perished of thirst. He also recorded that Charley had nearly missed the expedition altogether; Warburton had delayed as long as possible after Charley had left on his search for water, but had then decided he could wait no longer. At 9pm on 5 November 1873 he left his camp to go forward with his journey to the Oakover River. Charley's acute hearing had heard the camel bells and he had changed his return route to join up with the expedition.

Charley had tracked some Aboriginal people to their water supply, in this way assuring Warburton's expedition of life. This was not the first time Charley would save the men's lives in this way. Warburton was not remiss in praising Charley, doing so not only in his book about the expedition, but at a public dinner back in Adelaide.
Related names :

Charley (Aboriginal man)

Warburton, Peter Egerton, 1813-1889

Coverage year : 1873
Place : Great Sandy Desert (WA)
Further reading :
Warburton, Peter Egerton, Journey across the western interior of Australia Adelaide: Libraries Board of South Australia, 1968
McLaren, Glen Beyond Leichhardt: bushcraft and the exploration of Australia South Fremantle, W.A.: Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1996
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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