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Disruptive camels and dry wells
Title : Disruptive camels and dry wells Disruptive camels and dry wells
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Creator : Winnecke, C. (Charles), 1857-1902
Source : Parliamentary paper (South Australia. Parliament); no. 39 of 1884, p. 8
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : Government Printer
Date of creation : 1883
Format : Magazine
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Winnecke continues his exploration, naming new landmarks: the Hay River, after Adam Hay of Palparara Station and Mount Cornish after H Cornish, surveyor. He reached the Tarlton Range of his earlier expedition, in 1877-1881, and nearby Central Mount Hawker, also discovered by him on his previous expedition and considered by him to be the centre of Australia. He had nearly died of thirst on that occasion. The country is now carrying good grass and saltbush, and he sights again Goyder's Pillars which he discovered previously and named for George Goyder the Surveyor-General of South Australia. On 20 September the camels had wandered a considerable distance from the camp and with the delay this entailed Winnecke was not pleased when his camel refused to move, lay down and refused to rise again. It began flailing and tearing up packbags and saddle, despite every attempt to control it. The following day he found the native wells almost dry, even when dug out.

Charles Sturt had tried to reach the centre of Australia on his expedition of 1844-46, but was defeated by the high sand ridges and lack of water of the Simpson Desert. John McDouall Stuart had found what he believed the centre of Australia in 1860 and had named a nearby hill Central Mount Sturt. The government had changed this to Central Mount Stuart and this was considered the centre for many years. The modern calculation of the centre of the continent is at 25 36' 36"S and 134 21' 17"E and is called the Lambert Centre and is marked with a plaque.
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Winnecke, C. (Charles), 1857-1902

Coverage year : 1883
Place : Hay River (N.T.)
Further reading :
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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