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Benjamin Herschel Babbage
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Creator : Babbage, Benjamin Herschel 1815-1878
Date of creation : 1831-1996
Additional Creator : Babbage, E.M. Babbage, Zara Georgina
Format : Artwork
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Papers of Benjamin Herschel Babbage and family comprising diaries and sketchbooks of E.M. Babbage, diary and sketches of Eden Herschel Babbage, album containing photographs of St Marys, autograph album and sketch by Zara Georgina Babbage, Clare family papers relating to 'the Castle' estate, St Marys, Babbage family tree and historical extracts.

Benjamin Babbage was the leader of an 1858 South Australian government expedition sent out to explore the northern regions of the colony, and find a route through the apparent barrier of salt lakes that blocked forward progress. He set off on this expedition further north from Port Augusta.
Equipped by the government for 18 months he was eventually recalled for being too slow. He was replaced by Peter Egerton Warburton, just as he discovered a way through the salt lakes.
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Port Augusta (S. Aust.)

Babbage, Benjamin Herschel 1815-1878

Coverage year : 1858
Period : 1852-1883
Place : Port Augusta
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :
Gill, Dawn, Iron tracks and dusty trails: the life of Benjamin Herschel Babbage Henley Beach, S. Aust.: Seaview Press, c2002
Internet links :

Digitised newspaper articles from the Papers Past project undertaken by the National Library of New Zealand:

  • Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle 14 April 1858 Page 3 : SOUTH AUSTRALIA. This article talks about Babbage's arrival in Port Augusta on the Marion
  • Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XVII, Issue 104, 29 December 1858, Page 3 Australian Exploration This article talks about Babbage's 1858 exploration and his departure and return to Port Augusta, and recall by the South Australian government.



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