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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 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 - commonly called 'Afghans' they were in fact from Rajasthan and Baluchistan (now West Pakistan). Ernest Giles used horses and camels on his third expedition - the horses died from lack of water; the camels survived and Giles was convinced of their worth and subsequently relied solely on camels.
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Giles, Ernest, 1835-1897

Young, Jesse, d1909

Period : 1852-1883
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
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