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28. Leichhardt party on way back
Title : 28. Leichhardt party on way back 28. Leichhardt party on way back
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Creator : Kinnear, A. C.
Source : Mountford, Charles P., PRG 1218/9/2
Date of creation : 1938
Format : Diary
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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From the Advertiser, 29 August 1938.

Update from press correspondent AC Kinnear reporting on the progress of a South Australian Government expedition sent to the Simpson Desert to search for possible remains of explorer Ludwig Leichhardt.

The expedition party abandoned their camp on 27 August, travelling back to Mount Dare Station (expertly driven through trying conditions by Lowe). Whilst they battled their way through a sandstorm in the truck, the Aboriginal men who accompanied and assisted them on their journey were left behind to face the conditions on foot - charged with walking back the horses and camels.

Meanwhile, the party arrived back at Mount Dare Station, bathed and settled in for a meal and sing a-long, led by TD Campbell, a talented pianist.

The next day was mainly spent recording data in their journals and preparing for the trip back to Adelaide. Mountford also managed to visit the 'native camp', where he spoke to some of the women about their dreaming stories. The men were mostly absent - some still returning from Ritchie's Ridge, and so he planned to return the following day to speak to them.
Related names :

Campbell, T. D. (Thomas Draper), 1893-1967
Lowe, Edwin
Lowe, Rex
Mountford, Charles P. (Charles Pearcy), 1890-1976
Price, A. Grenfell (Archibald Grenfell), 1892-1977
Smith, Arthur Dickinson

Coverage year : 1938
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :
Connell, Gordon. The mystery of Ludwig Leichhardt. Carlton, Vic. : Melbourne University Press, 1980

Lamshed, Max. 'Monty' : the biography of C.P. Mountford, Adelaide : Rigby, 1972, pp. 56-60

Mountford, Charles P. 'Papers relating to the South Australian Government Expedition to search for the remains of explorer Ludwig Leichhardt', PRG 1218/9

Price, A. Grenfell. The Mystery of Leichhardt : the South Australian government expedition of 1938, South Australia : Royal Geographical Society, 1937-38

Roderick, Colin. Leichhardt, the dauntless explorer, North Ryde, N.S.W. : Angus & Robertson, 1988
Internet links :
Australian Dictionary of Biography - Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt

National Museum of Australia. Leichhardt: the man, the mystery, the science, the history [symposium held in 2007]



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