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Elizabeth Creek
Title : Elizabeth Creek Elizabeth Creek
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Creator : Babbage, Benjamin Herschel, 1815-1878
Source : PRG 404/19/3/3
Date of creation : ca. 1858
Format : Artwork
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Description :

Elizabeth Creek was named after his aunt by Charles Swinden in August 1857.

In May 1858, Benjamin Babbage visited the area. Babbage was the leader of a South Australian government expedition which was exploring the far north of the colony, searching for a passage through the apparent barrier of salt lakes that blocked progress to the north. .

At that time of his visit, Babbage found it to be only one of two reliable water supplies in the district, but it was much reduced from Swinden's time when it was described as 'more like a lake than a waterhole.' In the account of his expedition, Babbage wrote that there were sand-hills on the creek's eastern bank and on the western, an open plain which was 'scrubby near the creek, although gradually becoming stony, and rising for about four miles towards the foot of a detached range.'

The expedition had been equipped for 18 months but was recalled by the government for being too slow. Babbage was replaced by Peter Egerton Warburton just as he found a way north through the salt lakes.

Related names :

Babbage, Benjamin Herschel 1815-1878

Swinden, Charles

Coverage year : 1858
Period : 1852-1883
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :

Threadgill, Bessie South Australian land exploration, 1856 to 1880 Adelaide: Board of Governors of the Public Library, Museum and Art Gallery of South Australia, 1922

Gill, Dawn, Iron tracks and dusty trails: the life of Benjamin Herschel Babbage Henley Beach, S. Aust.: Seaview Press, c2002

Mueller, Ferdinand, Baron von, Report on the plants collected during Mr. Babbage's expedition into the north-western interior of South Australia in 1858 Melbourne, 1858

Babbage, B. H. 'Northern exploration', South Australian Parliamentary Papers, no 25, 1858

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Exhibitions and events :

State Library of South Australia: Mortlock Wing. Taking it to the edge August 2004-



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