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04. Sand will be sifted for metal relics
Title : 04. Sand will be sifted for metal relics 04. Sand will be sifted for metal relics
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Source : Mountford, Charles P., PRG 1218/9/1
Date of creation : 1938
Format : Diary
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

Reports on preparations for a South Australian Government expedition party sent to the Simpson Desert to search for possible remains of explorer Ludwig Leichhardt. August 1938.

The article details preparation for the expedition, including the fabrication of eight boxes to transport the supposed skeletons back to Adelaide.

Meanwhile, the plan to send a Government-funded expedition was being questioned in parliament, with assertions that identifying the bones as European or Aboriginal would surely only require the opinion of one expert anthropologist, not a whole party.

Chief Secretary Sir George Ritchie defended the decision, suggesting the matter was of "sufficient importance to warrant the sending of an expedition."

Coverage year : 1938
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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