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Assistance from Aboriginal peoples
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Creator : Sturt, Charles, 1795-1869
Source : Two expeditions into the interior of southern Australia, during the years 1828, 1829, 1830, and 1831 : with observations on the soil, climate, and general resources of the colony of New South Wales. Vol. 2 pp. 96-97, 124-25. 142, 148-49, 165-66, 200-01
Place Of Creation : London
Publisher : Smith Elder
Date of creation : 1833
Format : Book
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Sturt records the assistance given to him by the Aboriginal people throughout his voyage down the river and again upstream. He writes how each community passed him along to the next down river and of how they described changes that he would meet, such as the big bend where the river finally turned south. Without their assistance on the return voyage, the explorers would have had great difficulty in surmounting the rapids they had sailed down with relative ease. Sturt also records that the Aboriginals were sadly afflicted by some terrible disease, which he thought was smallpox.

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Coverage year : 1830
Place : River Murray
Further reading :

Cumpston, John Charles Sturt: his life and journeys of exploration. Melbourne: Georgian House, 1951

Macinnis, P. Australia's pioneers, heroes & fools: the trials, tribulations and tricks of the trade of Australia's colonial explorers Millers Point, N.S.W.: Pier 9, 2007 Chapter 9: Aboriginal relations

McLaren, Glen Beyond Leichhardt: bushcraft and the exploration of Australia South Fremantle, W.A.: Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1996

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