The Dig Tree

The Dig Tree

The Extraordinary Story of the Ill-fated Burke and Wills Expedition

Book - 2002
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In August, 1860, The Victorian Expedition left Melbourne to make the journey into the Gulf of Carpentaria in the northern coast. Only three of them reached their destination.
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2002.
ISBN: 9780747556770
0747556776
Branch Call Number: 994.03 BUR
Characteristics: 372 p., [4] p. of plates :,ill., maps, ports. ;,25 cm.

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jerrybo
Oct 10, 2017

Set against a backdrop of 19th Century colonial competition between the states of Australia the author explores how the expedition came about. South Australia and Victoria wanted to be the first to reach the north coast. Burke was selected to lead the expedition for Melbourne and he remained a controversial and poor choice. (Typically British explorers were selected more for being 'gentlemen' rather than for their practical skills.) With little knowledge of exploration and an impulsive and at times violent character things were bound to go wrong. The author compares the expedition to the one simultaneously being led by McDouall Stuart from Adelaide to highlight the difference.
Great research provides the reader with a feel for the terrain of the Outback and the interactions with the Aborigines. This very readable account accentuates how a flawed character paid the ultimate price of his life and his unfortunate companions.

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Oct 10, 2017

jerrybo thinks this title is suitable for 20 years and over

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