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Christmas for the explorers
Title : Christmas for the explorers Christmas for the explorers
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Creator : Giles, Alfred, 1847?-1931
Source : Exploring in the 'seventies and the construction of the Overland Telegraph Line, p. 44
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : W.K. Thomas
Date of creation : 1926?
Format : Book
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John Ross's party was in Hart's Range for Christmas 1870. Alfred Giles considered the scenery more than made up for the difficulties in reaching this point. He also recorded that the rough travelling was wearing down the horses' shoes, and that they had run out of horseshoe nails. It had rained several days before, soaking their blankets and clothes. Birds were seen frequently; several galahs were shot for the pot and were a pleasant change from the jerked beef of their regular diet. They saw a number of Aboriginal people including an old woman and children and Ross spoke briefly with a man. Four bronzewing pigeons were shot for their Christmas dinner.

John Ross was an experienced bushman. He was expected to find a way through the MacDonnell Ranges, which John McDouall Stuart had had some difficulty in crossing. The route would have to have good supplies of suitable trees for the construction parties to use for telegraph poles as well as good supplies of water for the men and their teams of animals. It was another of the exploration parties for the Overland Telegraph Line, led by W Whitfield Mills, that found the pass through the ranges and the water at what would later be known as Alice Springs.

Related names :

Giles, Alfred, 1847?-1931

Ross, John, 1817-1903

Coverage year : 1870
Place : Harts Range, NT
Further reading :
Symes, G. W. The exploration and development of the northern part of South Australia between 1850 and 1869, and the early life of John Ross [Adelaide? : Royal Geographical Society, South Australian Branch, 1957?]
Richards, J. B The Overland Telegraph Line: its early history Adelaide: South Australian Institute of Engineers, 1914 (Adelaide : W.K. Thomas & Co.)
Giles, Alfred, Exploring in the 'seventies and the construction of the Overland Telegraph Line Adelaide: Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 1995
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