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Eyre : The Forgotten Explorer - Ivan Rudolph


The Forgotten Explorer


Published: 4th February 2014
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Edward John Eyre was one of the most intrepid explorers to tackle the unforgiving Australian outback - and one of the youngest. Lake Eyre, the Eyre Highway between Adelaide and Perth, and many other landmarks are named after him, yet so little is known of his time here. He also had an international career beyond his Australian experiences, including as Lieutenant-Governor of New Zealand. Author Ivan Rudolph shows how this idealistic young Englishman - still in his teens when he arrived in New South Wales in 1833 - transformed himself into a rugged frontiersman, one of the first to overland cattle to Melbourne and Adelaide.

But it's Eyre's attempt on the Nullarbor that was the peak of his Australian career. Determined to find an overland route to Perth, he left Adelaide with a small party on 18 June 1840. Ivan Rudolph relates their journey step by step - and it makes for gripping reading. Beset by the harsh terrain, scarcity of water, the danger from hostile Indigenous people and dissent - and worse - among Eyre's companions, could Eyre achieve his ambition and find a way across the Nullarbor? A fascinating portrait of a forgotten hero of Australian history.

About the Author

Ivan Rudolph has spent eight years researching and writing about Eyre. He is the author of twelve books, including Sturt's Desert Drama (Central Queensland University Press), John Flynn: Of Flying Doctors and Frontier Faith And Flynn's Outback Angels.




I loved this book. In my primary school years Australian history and the explorers was part of the school curriculum and I well remember them, including Edward John Eyre. His explorations were touched on then but the greater detail afforded by this wonderful book had me enthralled from start to finish. From age 18 years he ventured forth in this country in his quest to find a way through seemingly impenetrable scrubland and desert. He eventually made overlanding livestock a reality and in doing all this, he never lost his faith but was brought almost to oblivion. He was a man of great humanity in his dealings with the aborigines, he was fair in his dealings with both the black and white races and he valued the many friends he made amongst them. His honesty, integrity, care for his fellow man and his pure likeability is to be so much admired. This book deserves a special place on a bookshelf.

Uralla NSW

Crazy brave explorers of Australia's desert outback


A wonderful, well written story of Eyre's exploration of Australia's outback deserts in the 1840's. British born explorers of the time were both crazy and brave and suffered extreme hardship and danger in their search for information about unknown territory, glory and god. This book and the author's previous book about Sturt's central Australian adventures, are compulsive reading. Probably all new and old Australians should read these two books.

Sydney, Australia


5.0 2


'A stunning biography' - Adelaide Advertiser. 'A grand story, grandly told' - Herald Sun. 'It brings the Australian colonies in the 1830s and 1840s to life ...a lively introduction to exploration history' - Peter Garrett, AM.

ISBN: 9780732299316
ISBN-10: 0732299314
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 4th February 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.58