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Mt Unapproachable or Mt Harris?
Title : Mt Unapproachable or Mt Harris? Mt Unapproachable or Mt Harris?
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Creator : Basedow, Herbert, 1881-1933
Source : Notes to accompany the "map of the MacKay Exploring Expedition in Central Australia, 1926", p. 3
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : Register Newspapers
Date of creation : 1928
Additional Creator : Mackay, Donald, 1870-1958
Format : Pamphlet
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The work of the MacKay expedition is described by Herbert Basedow. He describes the geology of The Olgas (Kata Tjuta) and of the adjacent country. They climbed a prominent hill called by local Aboriginal people Eringana. Basedow was able to confirm that this was Ernest Giles' Mount Unapproachable and Tietkens' Mount Harris, illustrating the difficulties experienced by earlier explorers in accurately locating landmarks. Today the hill is officially known as Mount Unapproachable at 24 degrees 20 minutes south, 130 degrees 5 minutes east.

Ernest Giles led five expeditions through central Australia between 1872 and 1876. He was the first white man to see Mount Olga (Kata Tjuta) on 13 October 1872. He returned to the prominent landmark again the following year. William Tietkens was with him on two expeditions but also led his own expeditions, including one in 1889, which was notable for taking the first photographs of Ayers Rock (Uluru) and Mount Olga (Kata Tjuta) as well as previously unknown species of plants.
Related names :

Mackay, Donald, 1870-1958

Basedow, Herbert, 1881-1933

Giles, Ernest, 1835-1897

Tietkens, William Henry, 1844-1933

Coverage year : 1926
Place : Kata Tjuta/Mt Olga (NT)
Further reading :
Discoveries by Makay[sic] Exploring Expedition, 1926 H. Basedow in [Collected pamphlets on Anthropology] : Vol. 14
Basedow, Herbert, Knights of the boomerang: episodes from a life spent among the native tribes of Australia Sydney: Endeavour Press, 1935 (Sydney: Bulletin Newspaper)
Tietkens, William Henry, Journal of the Central Australian Exploring Expedition, 1889: Adelaide: C.E. Bristow, Government Printer, 1891
Giles, Ernest, Australia twice traversed: the romance of exploration ... from 1872 to 1876 Adelaide: Libraries Board of South Australia, 1964
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