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Explorers toast the Queen's birthday
Title : Explorers toast the Queen's birthday Explorers toast the Queen's birthday
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Creator : Warburton, Peter Egerton, 1813-1889
Source : Journey across the western interior of Australia, opp. p. 165
Place Of Creation : London
Publisher : Sampson Low
Date of creation : 1875
Format : Book
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Warburton and his son Richard, together with Charley the Aboriginal man, are on an advance reconnaissance from the main body of the expedition. On 24 May they stop at what appears to be good grazing for their camels. Despite the discomforts of exploration they do not neglect to toast Queen Victoria's birthday. They moved on from this camp quite quickly: the camels did not eat the grazing, and there were hundreds of ants into everything.

The creek they were on was unfortunately dry as were the lagoons it emptied into. They decided to return to their main camp, and two days later were drenched with rain.

Warburton had set out from Alice Springs in April 1873 with a party of four Europeans including his son Richard, two Afghan cameleers and Charley an Aboriginal guide. The intention was to explore a route from the Overland Telegraph Line to Perth in Western Australia. However the intense heat and lack of water continually pushed them to the north and north-west, where they eventually reached Roebourne on the north-west coast in January 1874. Not before they had almost died of the extremities of lack of water, and had eaten nearly all of their camels.
Related names :

Warburton, Peter Egerton, 1813-1889

Warburton, Richard Egerton

Coverage year : 1873
Place : Central Australia
Further reading :
Warburton, Peter Egerton, Journey across the western interior of Australia; with an introduction and additions by Charles H. Eden; edited by H.W. Bates Adelaide: Libraries Board of South Australia, 1968
McLaren, Glen Beyond Leichhardt: bushcraft and the exploration of Australia South Fremantle, W.A.: Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1996
Dunn, Margaret The captain, the colonel and the bishop Adelaide: Crawford House Press, 2004
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State Library of South Australia: Mortlock Wing. Taking it to the edge August 2004-



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