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Stuart demonstration on Wednesday, January 21, 1863
Title : Stuart demonstration on Wednesday, January 21, 1863 Stuart demonstration on Wednesday, January 21, 1863
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Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : Corporation of the City of Adelaide
Date of creation : 1863
Additional Creator : Adelaide (S. Aust.). Corporation
Format : Ephemera
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John McDouall Stuart led the first successful European crossing of the Australia from south to north through the centre of the continent, and return to the south, without loss of life. Earlier Burke and Wills had crossed the continent to the north, but they perished on the return journey.

From December 1861 to December 1862, Stuart led his sixth expedition across the gruelling arid interior, finally reaching the Indian Ocean at Chambers Bay on 24 July 1862. He and his companions returned to Adelaide on 17 December 1862.

On a public holiday on Wednesday 21 January 1863, crowds lined the streets in Adelaide to celebrate his tremendous accomplishment at the 'Stuart demonstration'. The South Australian Government awarded Stuart 2000, though he was only allowed the interest from the funds.

The Overland Telegraph Line was later constructed along the route to the north forged by Stuart.

Related names :

Stuart, John McDouall, 1815-1866

Period : 1852-1883
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :
'The Stuart demonstration' South Australian advertiser22 January 1863, p. 2-3
Stuart, John McDouall Diary of J. MacDouall Stuart's explorations 1860-61: northern exploring expedition [Adelaide: Govt. Printer, 1861] [1861-63]

Bailey, John Mr Stuart's track: the forgotten life of Australia's greatest explorer Sydney: Pan Macmillan Australia, c2006

John McDouall Stuart's explorations, 1858-1862: South Australian parliamentary papers 1858-1863 / introduction by Valmai Hankel. Adelaide: Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 2001

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