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Junction of the Murray and Lake Alexandrina
Title : Junction of the Murray and Lake Alexandrina Junction of the Murray and Lake Alexandrina
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Creator : Skipper, John Michael, 1815-1883
Source : PRG 50/34/6
Date of creation : 1839
Format : Artwork
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Governor George Gawler's 1839 expedition up the River Murray to the North West Bend (Morgan) prepares to depart from Lake Alexandrina. Two of the ladies who accompanied the expedition, most likey to be Julia Gawler and Charlotte Sturt can been seen on the far side of the boat. The third woman Eliza Arbuckle, Mrs Sturt's servant, cannot be seen. The artist John Michael Skipper did not accompany the expedition and based his watercolour on a sketch by Gawler. Several Aboriginal people can be seen to the left at a campfire; an Aboriginal man accompanied the expedition upstream to ease its passage through the territories of the various tribes along the way. Another group of men rode the horses north along the river banks; these would be used to explore north-west from the major bend in the River Murray.

Gawler's expedition intended to explore north-west from the big bend in the River Murray seeking good agricultural or grazing lands. When the boat reached the bend Gawler set out with Charles Sturt, Henry Inman, Arthur Gell, Henry Bryan and several others on their explorations. The remainder of the party including the women remained at the Bend. Lack of water and high summer temperatures forced an early return of Gawler's party to the River. Unfortunately Henry Bryan was lost in the bush and despite prolonged searching no trace of him was ever found. Mount Bryan is named for him.
Related names :

Gawler, George, 1795-1869

Skipper, John Michael, 1815-1883

Sturt, Charles 1795-1869

Sturt, Charlotte Christiana, Lady

Gawler, Julia

Coverage year : 1839
Period : 1836-1851
Place : Lake Alexandrina, South Australia
Region : Riverland and Murraylands
Further reading :

Sturt, Charles, The Mount Bryan expedition 1839 Adelaide: Sullivan's Cove, 1982

Sturt, Napier George, Mrs Life of Charles Sturt: sometime Capt. 39th Regt. and Australian explorer London: Smith, Elder, 1899

Borrow, K. T. Lieutenant-Colonel George Gawler, K.H. Governor and Commander-in-Chief of South Australia 1838-1841 Adelaide: Pioneers' Association of South Australia, 1955

Davies, Eliza The story of an earnest life: a woman's adventures in Australia and in two voyages around the world Cincinnati: Central Book Concern, 1881

Sitters, Valerie 'Travellers in skirts: women travellers in Australia', Geonews, vol. 7, no. 2, May/June 2000, pp. 4-11

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Exhibitions and events :

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



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