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Camel dies from eating poisonous vegetation
Title : Camel dies from eating poisonous vegetation Camel dies from eating poisonous vegetation
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Creator : Lindsay, David, 1856-1922
Source : Parliamentary paper (South Australia. Parliament); no.45 of 1893, p. 40
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : Government Printer
Date of creation : 1893
Format : Magazine
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Camp 59 23 September 1891. The Elder Scientific Exploring Expedition reached Queen Victoria Springs discovered by Ernest Giles almost exactly 16 years previously on 25 September 1875. Their expectations of plentiful water were not realised as the spring was dry with water only to be obtained by a well. Lindsay also described the attempts made to save a camel which had eaten a poisonous plant. It was one of the camels from Sir Thomas Elder's Beltana stud. However this was an isolated incidence at this location as there was plenty of good camel feed and the animals were turned loose to feed, while the men laboriously baled up about 50 gallons of water. Later that evening the men congratulated David Lindsay for the successful crossing of the Great Victoria Desert, toasting him with a small tot of whisky and singing 'For he's a jolly good fellow'.

David Lindsay compared Queen Victoria Spring as his expedition found it, with Ernest Giles's description from 16 years previously. For Giles's expedition it had been a fortuitous find with more than ample water. He and his men had been able to wash, as well as supplying the more essential needs of water for men and animals. For the Elder Scientific Exploring Expedition and David Lindsay it was a very different matter. Lindsay however indicated that Giles's description and bearings for the Spring were entirely correct. It is interesting to note here as well, the apparent esteem in which Lindsay was held by his men. Some time later the relationship would sour, and Lindsay would dismiss two of the men, and others would resign from the expedition in sympathy.
Related names :

Lindsay, David, 1856-1922

Giles, Ernest, 1835-1897

Elder Scientific Exploring Expedition, (1891-1892)

Coverage year : 1891
Place : Great Victoria Desert (WA)
Further reading :
Elder Scientific Exploring Expedition, (1891-1892) Journal of the Elder Scientific Exploring Expedition, 1891-2 North Adelaide: Corkwood Press, 1999
Facsimile edition of the handbook of instructions for the Elder Scientific Exploration Expedition, together with A study of incompatibles by K. Peake-Jones Adelaide: Royal Geographic Society of Australasia, South Australian Branch, 1991
Champion, George Australia's forgotten explorer: David Lindsay, F.R.G.S. Killarney Heights, N.S.W.: G. and S. Champion, c1993
McLaren, Glen Beyond Leichhardt: bushcraft and the exploration of Australia South Fremantle, W.A.: Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1996
Shephard, Mark The Great Victoria Desert: north of the Nullarbor, south of the Centre Chatswood, N.S.W.: Reed Books, 1995
McKnight, Tom L. The camel in Australia [Melbourne]: Melbourne University Press, [1969]
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