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The most wonderful natural feature ever seen: diary 20 July 1873
Title : The most wonderful natural feature ever seen: diary 20 July 1873 The most wonderful natural feature ever seen: diary 20 July 1873
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Creator : Gosse, William Christie, 1842-1881
Source : Gosse, William Christie, D6994(L)
Date of creation : 1873
Format : Manuscript
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William Christie Gosse continues his description of Ayers Rock, and of the Aboriginal paintings he saw in the caves. He concluded that Ayers Rock (Uluru) is the most wonderful natural feature he has ever seen, and anticipated that it would be even more so when it rained as the water would cascade over the Rock. He prepared to return to his main depot, which he then intended to bring forward to Ayers Rock.

Gosse had the whole of his expedition party at Ayers Rock on 28 July, when he commenced a full exploration of the surrounding area. On that day he wrote in his diary 'This rock appears more wonderful every time I look at it, and I may say it is a sight worth riding over eighty-four miles of spinifex sandhills to see.' In the following week he encountered a number of Aboriginal men who seemed frightened by the white men, but peaceable. It also rained and Gosse wrote that as he had anticpated the waterfalls off the Rock were very beautiful. He wrote nothing further about the Aboriginal art in the caves.
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Gosse, William Christie, 1842-1881

Coverage year : 1873
Place : Uluru/Ayers Rock (NT)
Further reading :
Gosse, William Christie, Report and diary of Mr. W. C. Gosse's central and western exploring expedition 1873 Adelaide: Libraries Board of South Australia, 1973
Laube, Anthony The Hays of Mount Breckan--1879-1909 [Adelaide, S. Aust.]: A. Laube, 1982
Gosse, Fayette, The Gosses: an Anglo-Australian family Canberra: Brian Clouston, 1981
Layton, Robert, Uluru: an Aboriginal history of Ayers Rock Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press, 1989
Mountford, Charles P. Ayers Rock: its people, their beliefs and their art Adelaide: Rigby, 1977
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