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Stuart's Glandfield Lagoon: diary 25 May 1861
Title : Stuart's Glandfield Lagoon: diary 25 May 1861 Stuart's Glandfield Lagoon: diary 25 May 1861
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Creator : Stuart, John McDouall
Source : Diary, 29 November 1860 to 3 July 1861
Format : Diary
Contributor : Royal Geographical Society of South Australia Inc
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On his fifth expedition of 1860-61 John McDouall Stuart had reached as far north from Adelaide as 17 degrees south, Newcastle Waters. Stuart however named this extensive and impressive stretch of water Glandfield Lagoon after the Mayor of Adelaide, Edward Glandfield, and one of his many supporters. Bureaucracy back in Adelaide changed the name to Newcastle Waters after the British Colonial Secretary. Stuart had discovered the Lagoon on 23 May and two days later was still travelling beside it. The scrub however was thick and it was difficult to find a way beyond it. With Francis Thring Stuart travelled ahead of the main party to check the prospects ahead, and from rising ground found the view was obstructed by the thick scrub.

Stuart had set out on his fifth expedition 2 November 1860. The party consisted of William Kekwick, Francis Thring, John Wall, JN Ewart, John Woodforde, Albert Lawrence, W Masters, David Thompson and Sullivan. There were 49 horses and provisions for 30 weeks. Stuart used pack horses on his expeditions for the ease and speed of travel. He had experienced the difficulties of exploration with horse drays and carts on Charles Sturt's expedition of 1844-46 and preferred the freedom of movement which riding and pack animals offered. He was endeavouring to reach the north coast of Australia, and on his previous expedition had discovered Central Mount Stuart and reached Attack Creek (18 degrees) when he had been compelled to turn back, confronted by angry Aboriginal people as well as incipient scurvy and greatly reduced supplies.
Related names :

Stuart, John McDouall, 1815-1866

Thring, Francis William, 1837-1908

Glandfield, E. B. W., d. 1880

Coverage year : 1861
Place : Newcastle Waters (NT)
Further reading :
John McDouall Stuart's explorations, 1858-1862: South Australian parliamentary papers 1858-1863 Adelaide: Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 2001

Stuart, John McDouall, Explorations in Australia: the journals of John McDouall Stuart during the years 1858, 1859, 1860, 1861, & 1862 ... Carlisle, W.A.: Hesperian Press, 1984

Webster, M. S. John McDouall Stuart [Carlton]: Melbourne University Press, 1958

Stokes, Edward, Across the Centre: John McDouall Stuart's expeditions, 1860-62 St. Leonards, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin, 1996

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