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Jimmy locates water
Title : Jimmy locates water Jimmy locates water
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Creator : Giles, Ernest, 1835-1897
Source : The journal of a forgotten expedition, p. 11
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : W.K. Thomas & Co.,
Date of creation : 1880
Format : Book
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Ernest Giles describes the help his Aboriginal guide Jimmy, provided in locating water supplies for the expedition. While Jimmy's directions were not always a direct path from the previous waterhole, they were accurate. Jimmy also had some difficulty comprehending how much water was required by the expedition's camels. Giles also describes at some length the dam constructed by the Aboriginal people of the area to hold water after rain.

This expedition of Giles in 1875 was a quick survey on Eyre Peninsula looking for suitable pastoral lands. From here he crossed to Sir Thomas Elder's camel stud at Beltana where he was equipped with 15 baggage and seven riding camels. This time, taking a more southerly route than on his previous attempt, he successfully crossed from South Australia to Perth. He discovered the Queen Victoria Springs and named the desert he crossed the Great Victoria Desert. His crossing would not have been possible without the camels. The water supplies he discovered were too isolated to be of any value to pastoralists.
Related names :

Jimmy (Aboriginal man)

Coverage year : 1875
Region : Eyre Peninsula and Far West Coast
Further reading :
Giles, Ernest, The journal of a forgotten expedition Adelaide: W.K. Thomas & Co., 1880
Ernest Giles's explorations, 1872-76: South Australian parliamentary papers 1872-76 introduction by Valmai Hankel Adelaide: Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 2000
McLaren, Glen Beyond Leichhardt : bushcraft and the exploration of Australia South Fremantle, W.A.: Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1996
Dutton, Geoffrey, Australia's last explorer: Ernest Giles London: Faber and Faber, 1970
Internet links :
Giles, Ernest (1835-1897) Biographical entry - Australian Dictionary of biography
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