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Queen Victoria Springs is dried up
Title : Queen Victoria Springs is dried up Queen Victoria Springs is dried up
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Creator : Lindsay, David, 1856-1922
Source : Parliamentary paper (South Australia. Parliament); no. 45 of 1893, p. 41
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : Government Printer
Date of creation : 1893
Format : Magazine
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When Ernest Giles discovered Queen Victoria Springs in 1875 the water was abundant. David Lindsay leader of the Elder Scientific Exploring Expedition in September 1891 discovered it had dried up. It had been planned as a major depot for the expedition. He and his men and camels had travelled 375 miles south west across the Great Victoria Desert to the Spring. The camels had been given one bucket of water each on that journey. Here at the Spring there was only enough for them to have two and a half gallons each, and Lindsay hoped that they would find water at Hampton Plains some 100 miles distant. He had little expectation of the camels making the distance as they were already stressed from the poor feed and short water ration.

Lindsay also recorded some accounts of previous attempts to reach Queen Victoria Spring by men from the west coast of South Australia. Not all attempts had been unsuccessful with Fred Newman later giving Lindsay a report of his finding the Spring some six months or so before the Elder Expedition reached it. Lindsay believed Newman's account was exaggerated. He did not doubt Newman reached the Spring and found water there, but his account of the quantity of pasturage and the number of Aboriginal people he had seen were far too large to be true. From Queen Victoria Spring the Elder Expedition headed south-west to the Fraser Range, where they found water, and obtained additional supplies including newspapers from the local station owner.
Related names :

Lindsay, David, 1856-1922

Elder Scientific Exploring Expedition, 1891-1892

Giles, Ernest, 1835-1897

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 under command of D. Lindsay North Adelaide: Corkwood Press, 1999
Champion, George Australia's forgotten explorer: David Lindsay, F.R.G.S. Killarney Heights, N.S.W.: G. and S. Champion, c1993
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
Shephard, Mark The Great Victoria Desert: north of the Nullarbor, south of the Centre Chatswood, N.S.W.: Reed Books, 1995
Giles, Ernest, Australia twice traversed ... Adelaide: Libraries Board of South Australia, 1964
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