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Creator : Giles, Ernest, 1835-1897
Source : Geographic travels in Central Australia from 1872 to 1874, p. 190
Place Of Creation : Melbourne
Publisher : Printed for the author by M'Carron, Bird
Date of creation : 1875
Format : Book
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Ernest Giles reconnoitered ahead of his main party with Alfred Gibson. Sand-hills and undulating gravelly plains stretched ahead of them, with no evidence of water anywhere. The way ahead was no better than it had been further to the south. They were forced to turn back. One of their two horses died of thirst, and reluctantly Giles decided to send Gibson back alone, to ride in their outgoing tracks, back to a cache of water and then to the depot where the main party waited. He was then to return with help for Giles who would attempt to walk back on foot.

Two days prior to this, Giles had decided to reduce their small party by releasing the two pack horses to find their own way back, and after watering the two riding horses, cached the remaining ten gallons of water in two casks in a tree. This would be there for the return to the main depot. He then continued on with Gibson, hoping that the country would change for the better.
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Giles, Ernest, 1835-1897

Gibson, Alfred, d. 1874

Coverage year : 1874
Place : Gibson Desert (WA)
Further reading :
Ericksen, Ray, Ernest Giles, explorer and traveller, 1835-1897 Melbourne: Heinemann Australia, 1978
Ernest Giles's explorations, 1872-76: South Australian parliamentary papers 1872-76 Adelaide: Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 2000

Giles, Ernest, 1835-1897 Geographic travels in Central Australia from 1872 to 1874 Melbourne: Printed for the author by M'Carron, Bird, 1875
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