Off Topic - Australian Explorers

To: Peter Ewin <>
Subject: Off Topic - Australian Explorers
From: David Billinghurst <>
Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2012 15:57:52 +1100
On 24/03/2012 3:04 PM, Peter Ewin wrote:
I apologise for this being off topic, but as others have commented Birding-Aus 
has a very wide range of subscribers.
I have just finished reading a book released last year by the Royal Society of 
Victoria on the Scientific Legacy of the Burke and Wills Expedition. Some very 
interesting stuff (including a bit on birds) that in particular defends Wills' 
reputation as a surveyor (particularly given his young age). What it made me 
realise is how little I know about Australian exploration (it is a long time 
since High School history and I can really only remember talking about Cook and 
Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth, and I know a small amount about Sturt 
expeditions to NW NSW). A couple of people that I have had a vague interest in 
for a while are Edmund Kennedy (Cape York) and Ludwig Leichhardt (northern 
Australia until he disappeared).
Can anyone recommend any decent books that detail their journeys, or with 
Leichhardt, the searches that have been made since his disappearance. I will 
then see if the local library has copies or I will try and track them down 
elsewhere. A general history of exploration might also be a good start so a 
good volume of this may be useful as well.
Thanks in advance.


The Australian Dictionary of Biography is a guide to the literature up to the date of publication.

I find the explorers journals and books interesting reading. Many are out of copyright now, and freely available. Some places to start are:

   * Trove
   * Explorers Journals at Project Gutenberg Australia
   * Australian Digital Collections
   * Google books

There are multiple online editions of many of these works. Some are scans of the original while others are essentially new digital editions.

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