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On Stuart's Creek
Title : On Stuart's Creek On Stuart's Creek
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Creator : Babbage, Benjamin Herschel, 1815-1878
Source : PRG 404/19/3/49
Date of creation : 1858
Format : Artwork
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John McDouall Stuart discovered this creek in May 1858, and named it Chambers Creek, after his expedition's sponsors. This was to be the advance depot for all of Stuart's remaining five expeditions into Central Australia and beyond. When Benjamin Babbage arrived there some weeks later, he named the creek after Stuart, a name it has retained. Babbage traced the creek down to where it drained into Lake Gregory (Lake Eyre South). He believed that the waterholes in the creek were not permanent because he could not locate any springs in the creek bed.

While Stuart was looking for pastoral country for the Chambers Brothers of Oratunga Station, Babbage was the leader of a large expedition equipped by the South Australian government to explore the northern portions of the colony. If possible he was to find a passage through what was thought to be a large horseshoe shaped salt lake that blocked the route north. He was on the verge of discovering this when he was recalled by the government for being too slow. He was replaced by Peter Egerton Warburton.
Related names :

Babbage, Benjamin Herschel, 1815-1878

Stuart, John McDouall, 1815-1866

Coverage year : 1858
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :

Babbage, BH 'Northern exploration', South Australian Parliamentary Papers, no. 25, 1858

Gill, Dawn, Iron tracks and dusty trails: the life of Benjamin Herschel Babbage Henley Beach, S. Aust.: Seaview Press, c2002

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

Webster, MS John McDouall Stuart with maps by Mary Quick [Carlton]: Melbourne University Press, 1958

Internet links :

Babbage, Benjamin H. (1815-1878)

Australian dictionary of biography online: Babbage, Benjamin Herschel (1815-1878)

John McDouall Stuart Society: Stuart's First Expedition

Exhibitions and events :

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



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