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Barker's expedition
Title : Barker's expedition Barker's expedition
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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, chart opposite p. 229
Place Of Creation : London
Publisher : Smith Elder
Date of creation : 1833
Additional Creator : York Gate Library
Format : Book
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Sturt included in his Two expeditions ... a description of Collet Barker's explorations around the mouth of the Murray and on the Fleurieu Peninsula as unfortunately Barker did not live to record these details himself. Barker had been instructed to examine St Vincent Gulf and search for another mouth for the River Murray beside that which entered the sea at Encounter Bay. There was no alternative mouth, but Barker confirmed the fertile lands of the peninsula reported by Sturt. He also discovered and named the Sturt River and Onkaparinga River (where a monument to him stands on top of Witton Bluff), and sighted the Port River Inlet from Mt Lofty.

Related names :

Barker, Collet, 1784-1831

Coverage year : 1831
Region : Fleurieu Peninsula
Further reading :

Commandant of solitude: the journals of Captain Collet Barker, 1828-1831 edited by John Mulvaney and Neville Green. Melbourne, Miegunyah Press, 1992

Samuels, Brian 'Captain Collet Barker and the European discovery of the Port River' Portonian, vol. 9, no. 1 (March 1981), p. 17

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