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Australian exploring expedition in the scrub
Title : Australian exploring expedition in the scrub Australian exploring expedition in the scrub
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Creator : Young, Jesse, d1909
Source : Illustrated London News, 1 July 1876, p. 8-9
Place Of Creation : London
Publisher : William Little
Date of creation : 1876
Format : Magazine
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Jesse Young's drawing shows Ernest Giles's expedition of 1875 which covered the area from Fowler Bay in South Australia to Perth in Western Australia. The image shows Giles and his party battling their way through dense scrub. It was on this expedition that Boundary Dam and Queen Victoria Springs were found. Giles was well supplied with camels from Sir Thomas Elder's Beltana camel stud. With the long dry stretches that the expedition endured, it would have not been possible without the camels. Young was a member of the expedition.

In 1866 Sir Thomas Elder imported a large number of camels into South Australia, to establish a breeding stud at Beltana. The camels were from Pakistan and included riding camels and heavier breeds for carrying loads. Together with the camels he brought men to handle them. Although usually referred to as 'Afghans' they were actually from Rajasthan and Baluchistan (now West Pakistan). Ernest Giles used both camels and horses on his third expedition. The horses died from lack of water but the camels survived. This convinced Giles of their worth and after this he relied solely on camels.
Related names :

Giles, Ernest, 1835-1897

Young, Jesse, d1909

Period : 1852-1883
Place : Fowler Bay
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :

Ericksen, Ray, Ernest Giles, explorer and traveller, 1835-1897 Melbourne: Heinemann Australia, 1978

Giles, Ernest, Australia twice traversed: the romance of exploration, being a narrative compiled from the journals of five exploring expeditions into and through central South Australia and Western Australia, from 1872 to 1876 Adelaide: Libraries Board of South Australia, 1964

Jones, Philip, G. Australia's Muslim cameleers : pioneers of the inland, 1860s-1930s Philip Jones and Anna Kenny, Kent Town, S. Aust. : Wakefield Press, 2007

McKnight, Tom L. The camel in Australia [Melbourne]: Melbourne University Press, [1969]
Internet links :
Ernest Giles, Australian dictionary of biography, online edition.
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