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Colonel George Gawler
Title : Colonel George Gawler Colonel George Gawler
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Date of creation : 1863
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Colonel George Gawler

In 1839 Governor Gawler led an exploring party, which included Charles Sturt up the River Murray and continued across country to explore between the North West Bend of the river and the head of the gulfs.  The country was found to be sandy with stunted vegetation and little water.  With men and horses suffering from lack of water the party split in two, with Gawler and Bryan leaving ahead of Sturt and the rest of the group.  Bryan was separated from Gawler and became lost in the bush.  Despite extensive efforts by Gawler and Sturt he was never found.  Mount Bryan commemorates him.

Related names :

Gawler, George, 1795-1869

Sturt, Charles, 1795-1869

Bryan, Henry, d. 1839

Period : 1836-1851
Region : Mid North
Further reading :

Sturt, Charles, The Mount Bryan expedition 1839. Adelaide: Sullivan's Cove, 1982

Gawler Family papers PRG 50

Letter written by Lt.-Col. George Gawler to his brother-in-law, Henry Cox, in Derby, 20 December 1839. Describes the circumstances in which Henry Bryan lost his life during Gawler's northern expedition to Mount Bryan, 1839 D 3063(L)

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