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Car climbing the Depot Sandhills, 1907
Title : Car climbing the Depot Sandhills, 1907 Car climbing the Depot Sandhills, 1907
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Creator : Dutton, H. H. (Henry Hampden), 1879-1932
Source : Across Australia by motor
Place Of Creation : Adelaide :
Publisher : J.L. Bonython
Date of creation : 1909
Format : Pamphlet
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Henry Hampden Dutton, with Murray Aunger, decided to cross from Adelaide to Darwin by car, in 1907. The car was a 20hp Talbot with 4 speed gearbox. Aunger was a talented mechanic whose skills would be well utilised throughout the trip. The Depot Sandhills north of the South Australian border posed no great difficulty with the specially fitted Stepney wheels.

Sandhills were not the only problem posed for this pioneering attempt. There were of course no made roads, only wagon or animal transport tracks. Gibber plains of wind polished stones, rocky gorges and river crossings were encountered and once into the tropics heavy mud bogged the car irretrievably. Dutton and Aunger tried again the following year with another car, and on the way north, collected the Talbot which had been abandoned on the previous crossing and which was just as they had left it. On the second attempt they successfully completed the first north south crossing of Australia by motor car.
Related names :

Dutton, H. H. (Henry Hampden), 1879-1932

Aunger, Murray, 1878-1953

Coverage year : 1907-08
Place : Central Australia
Further reading :
Dutton, H. H. Across Australia by motor Adelaide?: H.H. Dutton, [1909] (Adelaide: J.L. Bonython)
Davis, Pedr Wheels across Australia: motoring from the 1890s to the 1980s Hurstville, N.S.W.: Marque Publishing, 1987
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State Library of South Australia: Mortlock Wing. Taking it to the edge August 2004-



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