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James Poole's Grave
Title : James Poole's Grave James Poole's Grave
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Source : B 6284
Date of creation : 1933
Additional Creator : Sturt, Charles, 1795-1869
Format : Photograph
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Description :

Monument and marked tree at J. Poole's grave, near Milparinka Monument erected by the people of Mt. Sturt Station.

The monument was erected by local people in 1883.

James Poole was the second-in-command on Charles Sturt's expedition 1844-46. Poole died July 1845, as he was leading a small contingent of the expedition back to Adelaide. This party returned to the main camp at Depot Glen and Poole was buried beneath a grevillea or bloodwood tree, which was then blazed with his initials and the year of his death. The tree still stands today.

While explorers usually blazed trees to mark the position of their camps, and their passage across the land, sometimes trees were blazed for other reasons, such as marking the lonely bush grave, or more famously in the case of the explorers Burke and Wills, with the instructions to dig beneath the tree for supplies and instructions.
Related names :

Poole, James d. 1845

Sturt, Charles, 1795-1869

Coverage year : 1845
Place : Depot Glen (NSW)
Further reading :

Sturt, Charles, Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia: performed under the authority of Her Majesty's Government, during the years 1844, 5, and 6, together with a notice of the Province of South Australia, in 1847 New York: Greenwood Press, [1969]

[James Poole's grave] in Proceedings of the Royal Geographial Society of Australasia (South Australian Branch) vol. 24, 1922-23 p. 40

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



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