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Report of an expedition to Lake Alexandrina
Title : Report of an expedition to Lake Alexandrina Report of an expedition to Lake Alexandrina
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Creator : Sturt, Charles, 1795-1869
Source : South Australian Register, 4 January 1840, p. 3, col. a-d
Place Of Creation : Adelaide, S. Aust.
Publisher : Robert Thomas and Co.
Date of creation : 1839
Format : Newspaper
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In November 1839 Governor George Gawler led an expedition up the River Murray to the North West Bend and across country in search of fertile regions. Charles Sturt reported on the events of the expedition. They were accompanied by Gawler's daughter Julia and Sturt's wife Charlotte, whom it was thought would enjoy the trip on the river. Gawler wished also to assess the river as a possible highway for navigation and trade. On reaching the North West Bend Gawler and Sturt accompanied by Henry Inman, Arthur Gell and Henry Bryan set off on horseback to explore north across country. They were equipped with two barrels of water and a week's provisions.

The country was drier than expected, and water quickly became unfindable, with the watercourses dry. The weather was hot, mirage distorting the horizon. One of the water barrels leaked and the horses suffered from the lack of water. Gawler decided the expedition must return to the main camp, with Gawler and Henry Bryan moving ahead of the rest of the group in order to send back help and water as quickly as possible. Charles Sturt followed with the rest of the group. The heat was intense, one horse died and another horse was bled to enable the men with Sturt to have some moisture so they could continue.
Related names :

Sturt, Charles, 1795-1869

Gawler, George, 1795-1869

Bryan, Henry, d. 1839

Gawler, Julia

Sturt, Charlotte Christiana, Lady

Coverage year : 1839
Region : Mid North
Further reading :
Sturt, Charles, The Mount Bryan expedition 1839 Adelaide: Sullivan's Cove, 1982

Borrow, K. T. Lieutenant-Colonel George Gawler, K.H. Governor and Commander-in-Chief of South Australia 1838-1841 Adelaide: Pioneers' Association of South Australia, 1955

Williams, Gwenneth South Australian exploration to 1856 Adelaide: Board of Governors of the Public Library, Museum, and Art Gallery of South Australia, 1919

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