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Sandringham Station misplaced on the maps
Title : Sandringham Station misplaced on the maps Sandringham Station misplaced on the maps
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Creator : Winnecke, C. (Charles), 1857-1902
Source : Parliamentary paper (South Australia. Parliament); no. 39 of 1884, p. 5
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : Government Printer
Date of creation : 1883
Format : Magazine
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Charles Winnecke continued through central Australia, passing through some well grassed flats, but also spinifex covered sand ridges. He then entered a region of broken rock, crossed the Mulligan River and then entered a region of gidea (gidgee, gidyea) trees and well grassed flats. Climbing a high sand ridge he looked for the expected Sandringham Station, but it was not visible. He was supposed to obtain horses there and was anxious that it was not where it should be according to his map. After making a wide sweep of the region and finally picking up the tracks of some drays, the station was reached. Winnecke, a trained surveyor, made a series of observations and determined that the government maps had misplaced the station by 9 miles. However the horses he had expected to collect were not there.

Winnecke set out again on 11 September to explore to the west. He was accompanied by an Aboriginal man who was to act as a guide, but was doubtful of his use as he was unable to speak English and the exploration party did not speak his language either. Winnecke explored a large triangle of territory between the South Australian border, south-western Queensland and south-western 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.
Related names :

Winnecke, C. (Charles), 1857-1902

Coverage year : 1883
Place : Central Australia
Further reading :
Morrison, W. Frederic The Aldine history of South Australia, illustrated: embracing sketches and portraits of her noted people: the rise and progress of her varied enterprises: and illustrations of her boundless wealth: together with maps of latest survey Sydney; Adelaide: The Aldine Publishing Company, 1890, vol. 2, p. 797

Northern Territory dictionary of biography edited by David Carment, Robyn Maynard, Alan Powell Casuarina, N.T.: NTU Press, 1990-1996, vol. 1, pp. 320-22

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