Off Topic - Australian Explorers

To: "'Peter Ewin'" <>, "'? birding-aus'" <>
Subject: Off Topic - Australian Explorers
From: "David & Liz Parker" <>
Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2012 15:29:07 +1100

I have been doing a bit of such reading and collecting of sources over time.
If you don't mind reading on the computer or have an Ipad then I would
thoroughly recommend a website called  a free online
resource offered by The University of Adelaide. Follow the link below to
authors listed alphabetically, and scroll to the relevant person. 

Another useful online resource is the Project Gutenberg Australia site which
has a range of explorer journals on it, and biographies. 

Otherwise, there are a range of Australiana publications including facsimile
and parliamentary editions are available from the State Library of South

Hopefully this will get you, and others started.


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Peter Ewin
Sent: Saturday, 24 March 2012 3:05 PM
To: ? birding-aus
Subject: Off Topic - Australian Explorers

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.


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