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Creator : Stuart, John McDouall, 1815-1866
Source : South Australian Parliamentary Paper no. 169 of 1861, sheet 3
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : Government Printer
Date of creation : 1861
Format : Magazine
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Only the lower right hand corner of this map relates to Stuart's fifth expedition. This is centred on the Ashburton Range and Newcastle Waters and shows Stuart's numerous forays to try to find a way forward through the dense scrub to the Victoria River as planned, or any other way north, north-east or north-west. The top of the map shows the path of Augustus Gregory's 1856 expedition along the Roper River, Elsey Creek and across to the Victoria River as well as part of Ludwig Leichhardt's track on the lower Roper River.

This was all that was known of this part of Australia, apart from the coastal survey work of John Lort Stokes and his predecessors. Stokes had discovered the Victoria River, had taken his ship some way upriver, and then navigated further upstream by boat.
However as Stuart was unable to reach the Victoria River, another way to the north coast would have to be found. He would do this on his sixth and final expedition in 1862.
Related names :

Stuart, John McDouall, 1815-1866

Kekwick, William Darton, 1822-1872

Sturt, Charles, 1795-1869

Stokes, J. Lort (John Lort), 1811-1885

Coverage year : 1860-61
Place : Top End (N.T.)
Further reading :

John McDouall Stuart's explorations, 1858-1862: South Australian parliamentary papers 1858-1863 introduction by Valmai Hankel Adelaide: Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 2001

Stokes, J Lort  Discoveries in Australia; with an account of the coasts and rivers explored and surveyed during the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle in the years 1837-38-39-40-41-42-43, ... [Adelaide, Libraries Board of South Australia, 1969]

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

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Exhibitions and events :

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



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