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Burtt's path through the lake
Title : Burtt's path through the lake Burtt's path through the lake
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Creator : Burtt, Alfred P.
Source : South Australian Parliamentary Paper no. 151 of 1858
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : Surveyor General's Office
Date of creation : 1858
Additional Creator : Warburton, Peter Egerton, 1813-1889
Format : Magazine
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Police Corporal Alfred Burtt, along with Police Trooper Mole, had been directed to join Peter Egerton Warburton's main expedition exploring in the region of what is now known as Lake Eyre South. Warburton had taken over the expedition originally led by Benjamin Babbage. Due to a series of delays, Babbage was replaced by Warburton, even though he was on the verge of discovering a gap through what was supposed to be a single continuous 'horseshoe lake'.

During October and November 1858 Burtt travelled through the region in an attempt to link up with Warburton's party. Several times during his journey Burtt had climbed hills to survey the surrounding country, searching for water and any sign of Warburton. In his report he recorded on a number of occasions that he could see 'no signs of a lake in any direction' (SAPP 151/1858 p 19 November 6). Burtt had found a gap in the supposed 'horseshoe' but has only recently received any recognition for his achievement.

Other explorers, including John McDouall Stuart and Augustus Gregory, also found gaps between the many salt lakes in the region. This meant that a route to the north had been found.

On this map, Troopers Hill lies near the centre of the map at 29 degrees 84 minutes South, 137 degrees 65 minutes East. Termination Hill is at 30 degrees 25 minutes, 138 degrees, 4 minutes.

Related names :

Burtt, Alfred P.

Babbage, Benjamin Herschel, 1815-1878

Warburton, Peter Egerton, 1813-1889

Coverage year : 1858
Period : 1852-1883
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :
Gee, Philip A history of pastoralism in the Lake Eyre South drainage basin Adelaide: Royal Geographical Society of South Australia, 2000
Threadgill, Bessie South Australian land exploration, 1856 to 1880 Adelaide: Board of Governors of the Public Library, Museum and Art Gallery of South Australia, 1922
Williams, Gwenneth South Australian exploration to 1856 Adelaide: Board of Governors of the Public Library, Museum, and Art Gallery of South Australia, 1919
Black, e.C. 'The Lake Torrens hoodoo', Proceedings of the Royal geographical Sociwty of Australasia (South Australian Branch), vol. 64, 1963, pp. 43-50
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State Library of South Australia: Mortlock Wing. Taking it to the edge August 2004-



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