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Central Australian stock route
Title : Central Australian stock route Central Australian stock route
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Creator : Barclay, H. Vere (Henry Vere), 1845-1917
Source : Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, South Australian Branch, Volume 16, 1914/15, p. 110
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (South Australian Branch)
Date of creation : 1915
Additional Creator : Macpherson, Ronald H.
Format : Manuscript
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Henry Vere Barclay continues his description of a possible stock route from Queensland to Central Australia which would utilise the waters of the Great Artesian Basin through wells and bores. He reported that the the stock route would be of great benefit to the pastoralists of the region and concluded his report with an estimate of the costs. He begins a description of the sand-hill country adjacent to what is now the Simpson Desert.

The survey of the sand-hill country was one of the few accomplishments of the expedition, being the only previously unexplored country the expedition covered. However it was only a 'dash' and did not fully investigate what happened to the many large rivers that flowed into the region. The proposed stock route was never fully realised, in part because of the vagaries of the seasons. Barclay and Macpherson would team up for a further two expeditions in the Northern Territory, and Barclay always remained a strong advocate of its potential.
Related names :

Barclay, H. Vere (Henry Vere), 1845-1917

Macpherson, Ronald H.

Coverage year : 1904
Place : Central Australia
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. 11-14
Strong, B. W Henry Vere Barclay: Centralian explorer Darwin: Historical Society of the Northern Territory, 1989
Shephard, Mark The Simpson Desert natural history and human endeavour Adelaide: Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (South Australian Branch) and Giles Publications, 1992
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