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Pass in Rowe's Creek
Title : Pass in Rowe's Creek Pass in Rowe's Creek
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Creator : Henderson, James, artist
Date of creation : 1843
Format : Artwork
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Pass in Rowe's Creek, which Frome's party reached about 25 July 1843, sketched during the expedition to the area north of the Flinders Ranges. The expedition returned to this spot about 16 August 1843.

Three years earlier, Edward Eyre had explored north and west of the Flinders Ranges, and after sighting several salt lakes concluded that a continuous horse-shaped Lake Torrens created a barrier to the north of the continent. As Surveyor-General, Frome attempted to find the southern boundary of the eastern section of the lake. He was unable find this boundary, and reported that the land eastwards was not suitable for agriculture. Acceptance of the 'horseshoe myth' is understandable given the difficulties experienced by the expeditions in exploring the harsh terrain. In addition, Lake Torrens salt lake extends for about 250 kilometres and has filled with water only once in the last 150 years.

The horseshoe myth was challenged in the late 1850s when Acting Deputy Surveyor-General George Goyder reached Lake Torrens and found it surrounded by vegetation. In 1858 Babbage, Warburton and Gregory proved that the 'horseshoe Lake Torrens' in fact comprised many separate lakes.

Related names :

Frome, Edward Charles, 1802-1890

Henderson, James, 1822-190

Coverage year : 1843
Period : 1836-1851
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :
Auhl, Ian and Denis Marfleet. Journey to Lake Frome 1843: paintings and sketches by Edward Charles Frome and James Henderson, Blackwood, S.A.: Lynton Publications, [1977?]
Internet links :
Australian Dictionary of Biography Online Search: Frome, Edward Charles



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