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The flag is raised at Chambers Bay
Title : The flag is raised at Chambers Bay The flag is raised at Chambers Bay
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Creator : Stuart, John McDouall, 1815-1866
Source : Parliamentary paper (South Australia. Parliament); no. 21 of 1863, p. 25
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : Governement Printer
Date of creation : 1863
Format : Magazine
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John McDouall Stuart's expedition had reached the north coast of Australia and on 24 July 1862 the flag was raised on a tree and a note placed in a tin near the base of the tree. All the members of the expedition signed the note which stated that the South Australian Great Exploring Expedition under the command of John McDouall Stuart had reached there after crossing through the centre of the continent, having left Adelaide on 26 October 1861. He named the bay where the flag was raised after Miss Elizabeth Chambers who had sewed the flag. The expedition then prepared for the long return journey to Adelaide.

This was the triumphant climax to Stuart's sixth expedition, but they now faced the long return journey to Adelaide and there would be no outside help until they were well below the South Australian border at 26 degrees. Their provisions were low, and the horses were weak after nine months in the field on grass only. However these were bush bred horses from the Chambers brothers Cobdogla Station and the best were able to follow their outward track back from camp to camp. Stuart was by now very ill from the constant exploration of the last four years and was nursed constantly by Patrick Auld. Reluctantly Stuart was forced to abandon some of the horses that were unfit to continue, but always contrived to do so where there was ample food and water for them. From October, Stuart was carried on a stretcher slung between two horses. Stuart sent a telegram from Kooringa Station (Burra) advising of his return and of reaching the north coast of the continent. He finally arrived back in Adelaide 17 December 1862.
Related names :

Stuart, John McDouall, 1815-1866

Auld, W. P. (W. Pat), 1840-1912

Chambers, James, 1812-1862

Chambers, John, 1815-1889

Coverage year : 1862
Place : Chambers Bay (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
Stokes, Edward, Across the Centre: John McDouall Stuart's expeditions, 1860-62 St. Leonards, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin, 1996
Webster, M. S. John McDouall Stuart [Carlton]: Melbourne University Press, 1958
Mudie, Ian, The heroic journey of John McDouall Stuart Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1968
Auld, W. P. Recollections of McDouall Stuart Adelaide: Sullivan's Cove, 1984
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