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Journey To Cooper's Creek, A : Miegunyah Press Series - Hermann Beckler

Journey To Cooper's Creek, A

Miegunyah Press Series

Paperback Published: 31st August 1989
ISBN: 9780522844849
Number Of Pages: 250

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First-hand accounts of the myth-laden Burke and Wills expedition are remarkably few, in contrast to the reams of subsequent commentary and conjecture. Wills's journal and statements by others in the party were published at the time, but little more.Hermann Beckler, botanical collector and doctor to the expedition, wrote the only other substantial account, in his native German. The manuscript remained with his family for nearly a century. It is now published for the first time.This highly readable account, with drawings and maps, offers insights into the causes of the expedition's failurea  an ill-chosen leader and route, and inappropriate and excessive supplies. In increasingly desperate conditions Beckler collected and identified the native flora, and recorded vivid and positive descriptions of the landscape and the Aboriginal people. His acute observations indicate what might have been achieved had the expedition pursued its scientific brief.

Editor's Preface
Sources and Notes
Expedition Report
From Melbourne to Swan Hill on the Murrayp. 15
From Swan Hill to Bilbarkap. 26
From Bilbarka to Menindeep. 40
Camp at Menindee and the first journey to Duroadoop. 45
Mr Wright's Journey
From the Darling to the Mountains: Mutanie Rangesp. 97
From Mutanie to Duroadoop. 109
From Duroadoo to Mudplain Camp, and our sojourn therep. 114
From Mudplain Camp to Bullap. 131
Bullap. 160
Return journeyp. 176
Editor's Notesp. 187
Appendix 1. Beckler's reply to Dr William Willsp. 193
Appendix 2. Beckler's application to the Royal Societyp. 195
Appendix 3. Directions from the Exploration Committeep. 197
Appendix 4. Beckler's letter of resignation to Burkep. 199
Indexp. 201
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ISBN: 9780522844849
ISBN-10: 0522844847
Series: Miegunyah Press Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 31st August 1989
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 16.0 x 24.6  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1