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Lewis describes Lake Eyre as useless
Title : Lewis describes Lake Eyre as useless Lewis describes Lake Eyre as useless
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Creator : Lewis, J. W. (James Walton) 1841-1881
Source : Parliamentary paper (South Australia. Parliament); no. 19 of 1876, p. 32
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : Government Printer
Date of creation : 1876
Format : Magazine
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JW Lewis was sent out by the South Australian government in 1874 to complete the exploration of Lake Eyre, to determine its north eastern limits and to discover its tributaries. His party consisted of eight including 3 Afghan cameleers and an Aboriginal man. He began his explorations from the north-west corner and proceeded along the northern shore, and along the Warburton River. He followed this as far as Goyder's Lagoon, and followed the Diamantina River almost to the Queensland border, before turning south and exploring the eastern shore of the lake, thus determining the lake's limits. He was scathing of the potential of the lake and its region, reporting that it was 'useless in every respect, and the very sight of it creates thirst in man and beast.'

JW Lewis had previously served on Peter Egerton Warburton's expedition of 1873, which crossed from the Overland Telegraph Line to the north-west coast of Western Australia. His bushmanship on that expedition was vital. He was also following in Warburton's footsteps in the Lake Eyre region. Warburton had taken over from Benjamin Babbage's 1858 expedition, exploring in the Lake Eyre south region; in 1866 Warburton explored north-east of Lake Eyre, but incompletely. Lewis finished the task.
Related names :

Lewis, J. W. (James Walton) 1841-1881

Warburton, Peter Egerton, 1813-1889

Coverage year : 1874
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :
Bonython, Eric, Where the seasons come and go Melbourne: Hawthorn Press, 1971

Warburton, Peter Egerton,An expedition north-east and north-west of Lake Eyre: the diary and despatches of Major Warburton Commissioner of Police 1866 Adelaide: Sullivan's Cove, 1988

Journal of Mr. Lewis's Lake Eyre Expedition 1874-5 South Australian Parliamentary paper 1876, no.19

Threadgill, Bessie South Australian land exploration, 1856 to 1880 Adelaide: Board of Governors of the Public Library, Museum and Art Gallery of South Australia, 1922

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