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MacDonnell Ranges to Kekwick's Ponds
Title : MacDonnell Ranges to Kekwick's Ponds MacDonnell Ranges to Kekwick's Ponds
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Creator : Stuart, John McDouall, 1815-1866
Source : South Australian Parliamentary Paper no. 169 of 1861 sheet 2
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : Government Printer
Date of creation : 1861
Format : Magazine
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This map shows the routes of both Stuart's fourth (1860) and fifth (1860-61) expeditions and runs from 24 degrees north to 18 degrees. There are numerous notes regarding the type of country passed over: spinifex, no water, gum tree plain, good grass scrub, sandy soil etc. Attack Creek (18 degrees), just north of Kekwick's Ponds is the place where Stuart's fourth expedition was confronted by the traditional owners of the land. The map is annotated to reflect this encounter. From this point on his fifth expedition, Stuart was entering previously unexplored territory.

The Aboriginal people attacked Stuart's party because of the encroachment he and his thirsty horses made upon the scant water resources. Stuart and his men were greatly outnumbered and this, together with incipient scurvy, short supplies and water shortages compelled Stuart to turn back. He would try again later that same year. Central to the map is Central Mount Stuart, which Stuart had named Central Mount Sturt, but which the South Australian government renamed in his honour.

Related names :

Stuart, John McDouall, 1815-1866

Kekwick, William Darton, 1822-1872

Coverage year : 1860-61
Place : Central Australia
Further reading :
John McDouall Stuart's explorations, 1858-1862: South Australian parliamentary papers 1858-1863 introduction by Valmai Hankel Adelaide: Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 2001
Webster, M. S. John McDouall Stuart with maps by Mary Quick [Carlton]: Melbourne University Press, 1958
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