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Bonython Hills named
Title : Bonython Hills named Bonython Hills named
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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. 120
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (South Australian Branch)
Date of creation : 1915
Additional Creator : Macpherson, Ronald H.
Format : Magazine
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From Anacoora Bore Henry Vere Barclay led his expedition into the unexplored desert. He discovered a range of hills running west-south-west through the sandhills and named them after Sir Langdon Bonython. This name, like so many applied to discoveries, has not been retained. The range of hills ran west-south-west across the sand ridges. Water was difficult to find, but an abundance of parakylia (parakelia) was found and its succulent leaves made good camel feed.

The survey of the sandhill 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

Bonython, John Langdon, Sir, 1848-1939

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
Internet links :
National Library of Australia: Digital collections Parakelia: wild flower of South Australia
Exhibitions and events :

State Library of South Australia: Mortlock Wing. Taking it to the edge August 2004-



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