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The Resource Burke & Wills : the triumph and tragedy of Australia's most famous explorers, Peter Fitzsimons

Burke & Wills : the triumph and tragedy of Australia's most famous explorers, Peter Fitzsimons

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Burke & Wills : the triumph and tragedy of Australia's most famous explorers
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Burke & Wills
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the triumph and tragedy of Australia's most famous explorers
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Peter Fitzsimons
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Burke and Wills
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the triumph and tragedy of Australias most famous explorers
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eng
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'They have left here today!' he calls to the others. When King puts his hand down above the ashes of the fire, it is to find it still hot. There is even a tiny flame flickering from the end of one log. They must have left just hours ago. MELBOURNE, 20 AUGUST 1860. In an ambitious quest to be the first Europeans to cross the harsh Australian continent, the Victorian Exploring Expedition sets off, farewelled by 15,000 cheering well-wishers. Led by Robert O'Hara Burke, a brave man totally lacking in the bush skills necessary for his task; surveyor and meteorologist William Wills; and 17 others, the expedition took 20 tons of equipment carried on six wagons, 23 horses and 26 camels. Almost immediately plagued by disputes and sackings, the expeditioners battled the extremes of the Australian landscape and weather: its deserts, the boggy mangrove swamps of the Gulf, the searing heat and flooding rains. Food ran short and, unable to live off the land, the men nevertheless mostly spurned the offers of help from the local Indigenous people. In desperation, leaving the rest of the party at the expedition's depot on Coopers Creek, Burke, Wills and John King made a dash for the Gulf in December 1860. Bad luck and bad management would see them miss by just hours a rendezvous back at Coopers Creek, leaving them stranded in the wilderness with practically no supplies. Only King survived to tell the tale. Yet, despite their tragic fates, the names of Burke and Wills have become synonymous with perseverance and bravery in the face of overwhelming odds. They live on in our nation's history - and their story remains immediate and compelling
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individual biography
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10613903
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ANL
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FitzSimons, Peter
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994.03
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  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
  • facsimiles
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index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Burke, Robert O'Hara
  • Wills, William John
  • Burke and Wills Expedition
  • Explorers
  • Wilderness survival
  • Explorers
  • Australia
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adult
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the triumph and tragedy of Australia's most famous explorers
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Burke & Wills : the triumph and tragedy of Australia's most famous explorers, Peter Fitzsimons
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
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000059949634
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25 cm.
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xix, 700 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
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9780733634109
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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n
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illustrations (chiefly colour), map, portraits (some colour), facsimiles
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regular print
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(OCoLC)987616578
Label
Burke & Wills : the triumph and tragedy of Australia's most famous explorers, Peter Fitzsimons
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000059949634
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xix, 700 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780733634109
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly colour), map, portraits (some colour), facsimiles
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)987616578

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