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Pernatty Creek and sand cliffs
Title : Pernatty Creek and sand cliffs Pernatty Creek and sand cliffs
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Creator : Babbage, Benjamin Herschel, 1815-1878
Date of creation : 1858
Format : Artwork
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Description :

This sketch and others by Benjamin Babbage reveal the diversity of landforms along the ephemeral creeks of the Outback. The tree-lined banks of the lower creek give way to the more open reaches and wide horizons further along. The extensive sand cliffs look imposing in this sketch, and should be compared with Babbage's descriptions of Elizabeth Creek and Corroberribera.

Benjamin Babbage was the leader of a well equipped South Australian government funded expedition that was exploring the northern portions of the colony, in particular looking for a route through the apparent horseshoe shaped salt lake that barred further progress. Although equipped for 18 months, he was recalled for being too slow, and was replaced by Peter Egerton Warburton, just as he discovered that there was a path through the lakes to the north.
Related names :

Babbage, Benjamin Herschel, 1815-1878

Coverage year : 1858
Period : 1852-1883
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

Jones, Philip Ochre and Rust : artefacts and encounters on Australian frontiers Kent Town, S. Aust. : Wakefield Press, 2007

Mueller, Ferdinand, Baron von, Report on the plants collected during Mr. Babbage's expedition into the north-western interior of South Australia in 1858 Melbourne, 1858

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

Internet links :

Babbage, Benjamin H. (1815-1878) Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, Biography

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

Exhibitions and events :

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



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