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Burtt's path through the lake
Title : Burtt's path through the lake Burtt's path through the lake
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Creator : Burtt, Alfred P.
Source : South Australian Parliamentary Paper no. 151 of 1858
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : Surveyor General's Office
Date of creation : 1858
Additional Creator : Warburton, Peter Egerton, 1813-1889
Format : Magazine
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Police Corporal Alfred Burtt, with Police Trooper Mole had been directed to join Peter Egerton Warburton's main expedition exploring in the region of what is now known as Lake Eyre South. Warburton had taken over the expedition led by Benjamin Babbage and was exploring the region endeavouring to find a path through the apparent barrier of salt lakes. This barrier, first described by Edward Eyre in 1840 appeared to block passage to the north of South Australia. Between 18 and 26 October 1858 Burtt travelled in the region trying to link up with Warburton's party. He considered that there was no continuous horseshoe shaped lake, and that there was a passage to the north. Troopers Hill near the centre of the map is located at 29 degrees 84 minutes South, 137 degrees 65 minutes East. Termination Hill is at 30 degrees 25 minutes, 138 degrees, 4 minutes.

Edward Eyre had considered that there was a continuous lake in a 180 degree arc as no matter which way he explored he was defeated in forward movement by the shimmering haze of salt lakes. Finally in 1858 the South Australian government prepared a large expedition led by Babbage to thoroughly explore and survey the area. Taking too long to achieve this he was replaced by Warburton, when he was on the verge of discovering a gap. Other explorers in the area also found gaps between the many salt lakes of the region. These included John McDouall Stuart and Augustus Gregory. The route to the north had been found.

Related names :

Burtt, Alfred P.

Babbage, Benjamin Herschel, 1815-1878

Warburton, Peter Egerton, 1813-1889

Coverage year : 1858
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :
Gee, Philip A history of pastoralism in the Lake Eyre South drainage basin Adelaide: Royal Geographical Society of South Australia, 2000
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
Williams, Gwenneth South Australian exploration to 1856 Adelaide: Board of Governors of the Public Library, Museum, and Art Gallery of South Australia, 1919
Black, e.C. 'The Lake Torrens hoodoo', Proceedings of the Royal geographical Sociwty of Australasia (South Australian Branch), vol. 64, 1963, pp. 43-50
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