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Elizabeth Creek
Title : Elizabeth Creek Elizabeth Creek
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Creator : Babbage, Benjamin Herschel, 1815-1878
Source : PRG 404/19/3/3
Date of creation : ca. 1858
Format : Artwork
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The Elizabeth Creek was named in August 1857 by Charles Swinden after his aunt. Benjamin Babbage was there in May 1858 as part of his exploration of the northern areas of South Australia. At that time Babbage found it to be only one of two reliable water supplies in the district, but also that it was much reduced from Swinden's time when it was described as 'more like a lake than a waterhole.' In his account of his exploration Babbage wrote of the creek that there were sand-hills on its eastern bank and on the west 'an open plain scrubby near the creek, although gradually becoming stony, and rising for about four miles towards the foot of a detached range.'

Benjamin Babbage was the leader of a South Australian government expedition which was exploring the northern reaches of the colony and searching for a passage through the apparent barrier of salt lakes that blocked progress to the north. He was equipped for 18 months but was recalled by the government for being too slow. He was replaced by Peter Egerton Warburton just as he found a way through the lakes to the north.
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Babbage, Benjamin Herschel 1815-1878

Swinden, Charles

Coverage year : 1858
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :
Threadgill, Bessie South Australian land exploration, 1856 to 1880 Adelaide: Board of Governors of the Public Library, Museum and Art Gallery of South Australia, 1922
Gill, Dawn, Iron tracks and dusty trails: the life of Benjamin Herschel Babbage Henley Beach, S. Aust.: Seaview Press, c2002
Babbage, B. H. 'Northern exploration', South Australian Parliamentary Papers, no 25, 1858
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