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Blazed tree at Mt. Cooper
Title : Blazed tree at Mt. Cooper Blazed tree at Mt. Cooper
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Creator : Elliott, Frederick, fl. 1855-1897
Source : B 499/51
Date of creation : ca. 1891
Additional Creator : Elder Scientific Exploring Expedition, 1891-1892
Format : Photograph
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Description :

Tree marked by Gosse in 1873 under Mt. Cooper

Tree marked by William Christie Gosse in 1873 under Mount Cooper, in Western Australia at 26 degrees 10 minutes S, 127 degrees, 57 minutes E. This tree was found by the Elder Scientific Exploring Expedition on 28 July 1891 at Camp 60. Three prior expeditions had been through this area: Gosse in 1873, Ernest Giles in 1873 and John Forrest in 1874. Each had blazed a separate tree. David Lindsay does not record whether he blazed the tree for the Elder Expedition, but certainly an expedition camel is posed beneath the tree.

Tree blazes were an important way of marking the passage of an explorer. It identified accurately where sights for position had been taken, and enabled those who followed after to determine where the explorers had been. The Elder Scientific Exploring Expedition had been given very precise instructions on how they were to blaze trees along their route.
Related names :

Elder Scientific Exploring Expedition, 1891-1892

Gosse, William Christie, 1842-1881

Coverage year : 1891
Place : Mt Cooper (W.A.)
Further reading :

McLaren, Glen Beyond Leichhardt: bushcraft and the exploration of Australia South Fremantle, W.A.: Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1996

Elder Scientific Exploring Expedition, (1891-1892) Journal of the Elder Scientific Exploring Expedition, 1891-2 under command of D. Lindsay North Adelaide: Corkwood Press, 1999

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