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05. 1938 South Australian Government expedition party
Title : 05. 1938 South Australian Government expedition party 05. 1938 South Australian Government expedition party
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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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Members of a South Australian Government expedition party sent to the Simpson Desert to search for possible remains of explorer Ludwig Leichhardt at the Adelaide railway station, before their departure ,18 August 1938. (L-R ?, R Grundy, AC Kinnear, AD Smith, CP Mountford, A Grenfell Price, Sir George Ritchie, Paul Thomas, Edwin Lowe, ?).

Setting out on their 1,600 mile trip to try and solve a 90-year-old mystery, members of the Simpson Desert party, which will examine skeletons thought to be those of Leichhardt's expedition, left by train for Alice springs today.
They were farewelled by the Chief Secretary (Sir George Ritchie) and about 50 personal friends.(
Newspaper clipping in diary - source unknown.)
Underwhelmed by the attention, Mountford wrote in his diary "The ubiquitous press were there with their cameras and after photographs, and farewells, we were off."

Throughout the two day journey the party shared the train with a troop of boy scouts, and assorted tourists on their way to Central Australia. On the second day Mountford was invited to give an onboard lecture. He retained this invitation in his diary. "A highly interested audience invites Mr. Mountford for a lecture about his experiences. Salary: grateful smiles." (followed by eight signatures)
Related names :

Grundy, R.
Kinnear, A. C.
Lowe, Edwin
Mountford, Charles P. (Charles Pearcy), 1890-1976
Price, A. Grenfell (Archibald Grenfell), 1892-1977
Ritchie, George, Sir, 1864-1944
Smith, Arthur Dickinson
Thomas, Paul

Coverage year : 1938
Region : Adelaide city
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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