Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia, from Moreton Bay to Port Essington

Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia, from Moreton Bay to Port Essington : A Distance of Upwards of 3000 Miles, during the Years 1844-1845

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Published in 1847, this is a fascinating account by the Prussian explorer Ludwig Leichhardt of his 3,000-mile expedition from north to south across Australia, from 1844 to 1846. One of the most authoritative early recorders of Australia's environment, Leichhardt was also the best trained naturalist to explore Australia during this time. The expedition departed on 1 October 1844 from Jimbour, the farthest outpost of settlement on the Queensland Darling Downs. Leichhhardt describes in detail the difficulties his party encountered from the very start, the extreme weather conditions they battled, the kindness of the people they met and his close observations of the habits of the aborigines. He also presents detailed analysis of his findings of natural phenomena. After travelling nearly 3,000 miles, Leichhardt arrived in Sydney on 25 March 1846 to a hero's welcome. Engaging and historically revealing, the volume will capture the imagination of the modern reader.show more

Product details

  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 19 b/w illus. 3 maps
  • 1139107615
  • 9781139107617

Table of contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. Leave the last station; 2. Party reduced by the return of Mr. Hodgson and Caleb; 3. Ruined Castle Creek; 4. Swarms of cockatoos; 5. Difference of soil as to moisture; 6. Heads of the Isaacs; 7. The Burdekin; 8. Brown and Charley quarrel; 9. The starry heavens; 10. Indications of the neighbourhood of the sea; 11. Systematic grass burnings of the natives; 12. Heaps of oyster-shells; 13. Cape Maria; 14. Interview with a native; 15. Joy at meeting natives speaking some English; Appendix.show more