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Pernatty Creek and sand cliffs
Title : Pernatty Creek and sand cliffs Pernatty Creek and sand cliffs
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Creator : Babbage, Benjamin Herschel, 1815-1878
Source : PRG 404/19/3/6
Date of creation : 1858
Format : Artwork
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Description :

This sketch and the preceding one by Benjamin Babbage reveal the diversity of landforms along the ephemeral creeks of the Outback. The tree-lined banks of the lower creek give way to the more open reaches and wide horizons further along. The extensive sand cliffs look imposing in this sketch, and should be compared with Babbage's descriptions of Elizabeth Creek and Corroberribera.

Benjamin Babbage was the leader of a well equipped South Australian government funded expedition that was exploring the northern portions of the colony, in particular looking for a route through the apparent horseshoe shaped salt lake that barred further progress. Although equipped for 18 months, he was recalled for being too slow, and was replaced by Peter Egerton Warburton, just as he discovered that there was a path through the lakes to the north.
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Babbage, Benjamin Herschel, 1815-1878

Coverage year : 1858
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :
Babbage, B. H. 'Northern exploration', South Australian Parliamentary Paper, no. 25, 1858
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
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State Library of South Australia: Mortlock Wing. Taking it to the edge August 2004-



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