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This country is a perfect desert
Title : This country is a perfect desert This country is a perfect desert
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Creator : Winnecke, C. (Charles), 1857-1902
Source : Parliamentary paper (South Australia. Parliament); no. 39 of 1884, p. 4
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : Government Printer
Date of creation : 1883
Format : Magazine
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Charles Winnecke is the leader of the Northern Exploration Party. He describes reaching Poeppel's Corner, and the condition of the boundary post at the time. As he continues through the red sand-hills, he is skirting what will later be known as the Simpson Desert. Winnecke's camels even at this early stage of the expedition are leg weary and very thirsty. The country is barren and generally without suitable feed, and the camels are too thirsty to eat what is available. Winnecke is convinced the region will be of no use to pastoralists and doubts if even the Aboriginal people frequent the area. By 30 August he has reached the Mulligan River where they finally find adequate water. He decided to rest here an extra day for the sake of the camels. Although there is plenty of fish in the waterhole they are unable to catch any.

Winnecke had hoped to obtain horses at Sandringham Station, but they were not available and he continued with the camels. He explored a large triangle of territory between the South Australian border, south-western Queensland and south-eastern Northern Territory, linking up with his explorations of 1879 and 1880. In 1894 Charles Winnecke was appointed to lead the Horn Scientific Exploring Expedition. A trained surveyor he had a good eye for the potential of the country he travelled and believed that the word 'desert' was over-used, and that much of the Northern Territory was useful country.
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Winnecke, C. (Charles), 1857-1902

Coverage year : 1883
Place : Mulligan River (Qld)
Further reading :
Northern Territory dictionary of biography edited by David Carment, Robyn Maynard, Alan Powell Casuarina, volume 1, pp. 320-322. N.T.: NTU Press, 1990-1996
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State Library of South Australia: Mortlock Wing. Taking it to the edge August 2004-



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