Dig 3ft Nw

Autore: Sarah Murgatroyd
Editore: Text Publishing
ISBN: 1921799307
Grandezza: 29,61 MB
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An utterly compelling account of Burke and Wills' journey into the great unknown. It was the greatest expedition of its time. In 1860 Robert O'Hara Burke, accompanied by William Wills and a party of explorers, set out to cross Australia from south to north. A few months later a tree bore a strange carving: Dig Under 3ft NW. Burke, Wills and five other men were dead. How did a man notorious for getting lost on the way home from the pub come to lead an expedition into the desert's dead heart? What went wrong? Edited for a young adult audience, Dig 3ft NW is an abridged version of Sarah Murgatroyd's acclaimed and bestselling book, The Dig Tree. 'The characters of Burke and Wills, and their accompanying team are well-drawn, with all their fatal flaws and strengths...This is history at its best, well-written and researched and hard to put down...It moves at a cracking pace, certainly faster than the actual expedition!...This is Australian history writing at its best.' Magpies

The Dig Tree

Autore: Sarah Murgatroyd
Editore:
ISBN: 9781877008795
Grandezza: 80,14 MB
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'In 1860, an eccentric band of adventurers, cheered on by 15,000 excited people, set off from Melbourne, Australia, to try to do something no one had ever done before: cross the vast and forbidding interior of the country from sea to sea. To succeed, they would have to push through 1,600 miles of the hottest, driest, most punishing desert on earth . . . then turn around and come back again. They expected it to be hard. In fact, it was much worse than that. Comprising 19 men, 26 camels, 23 horses and six wagons, the Victorian Exploring Expedition, as it was formally known, had too much of everything but common sense and useful experience. Almost immediately things began to unravel. The group set off at exactly the wrong time of year. The leader was an idiosyncratic Irish policeman who had no experience of desert conditions and was famous for getting lost even in built-up areas. What they were attempting to do was practically impossible anyway. On the first day they made not quite six miles. It was mostly downhill from there.

The Dig Tree

Autore: Sarah P. Murgatroyd
Editore: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9780747556770
Grandezza: 57,76 MB
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In 1860, Australia remained the truly dark continent. Although there were European settlements in its south, much of the north remained unknown and dangerous. But things were changing. On 20th August, 1860 The Victorian Exploring Expedition left Melbourne to make the journey into the Gulf of Carpentaria in the northern coast. The expedition was headed by an Irish policeman called Robert O' Hara Burke - a charmer, gambler, and a man infamous for taking long baths in his back garden. Burke and his team of eighteen men made a confident start. After leaving most of the group behind in Cooper Creek (in central Australia), three of the party, including Burke, reached the Carpentaria. They were the first ever to do so. But the journey back was riddled with mishap and bad luck. By the time the three had returned to Cooper Creek, exhausted and starving, they discovered that the rest of the party had retreated, leaving behind only a carved message on a coolibah tree… THE DIG TREE is the tale of this tragic expedition. Sarah Murgatroyd brings the story vividly alive - the political events in the background, the colourful characters, the spectacular and, often, unforgiving landscape, and the awful desperation of the final days. It is an intelligent, evocative and above all, utterly gripping book.

Burke And Wills

Autore: Peter FitzSimons
Editore: Hachette Australia
ISBN: 0733634095
Grandezza: 29,35 MB
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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.

Successful Exploration Through The Interior Of Australia

Autore: William John Wills
Editore: Library of Alexandria
ISBN: 1465584153
Grandezza: 39,58 MB
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The Fatal Shore

Autore: Robert Hughes
Editore: Vintage
ISBN: 0307815609
Grandezza: 59,44 MB
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In this bestselling account of the colonization of Australia, Robert Hughes explores how the convict transportation system created the country we know today. Digging deep into the dark history of England's infamous efforts to move 160,000 men and women thousands of miles to the other side of the world in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Hughes has crafted a groundbreaking, definitive account of the settling of Australia. Tracing the European presence in Australia from early explorations through the rise and fall of the penal colonies, and featuring 16 pages of illustrations and 3 maps, The Fatal Shore brings to life the incredible true history of a country we thought we knew.

Explorers Of The Nile

Autore: Tim Jeal
Editore: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300178271
Grandezza: 40,32 MB
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Nothing obsessed explorers of the mid-nineteenth century more than the quest to discover the source of the White Nile. It was the planet's most elusive secret, the prize coveted above all others. Between 1856 and 1876, six larger-than-life men and one extraordinary woman accepted the challenge. Showing extreme courage and resilience, Richard Burton, John Hanning Speke, James Augustus Grant, Samuel Baker, Florence von Sass, David Livingstone, and Henry Morton Stanley risked their lives and reputations in the fierce competition. Award-winning author Tim Jeal deploys fascinating new research to provide a vivid tableau of the unmapped "Dark Continent," its jungle deprivations, and the courage--as well as malicious tactics--of the explorers. On multiple forays launched into east and central Africa, the travelers passed through almost impenetrable terrain and suffered the ravages of flesh-eating ulcers, paralysis, malaria, deep spear wounds, and even death. They discovered Lakes Tanganyika and Victoria and became the first white people to encounter the kingdoms of Buganda and Bunyoro. Jeal weaves the story with authentic new detail and examines the tragic unintended legacy of the Nile search that still casts a long shadow over the people of Uganda and Sudan.

The Great Expedition

Autore: Peter Carnavas
Editore:
ISBN: 9781921042461
Grandezza: 74,25 MB
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"On August 20, a group of young explorers was charged with a dangerous mission. They were to travel across wild country to deliver a valuable parcel. The journey would be punishing. It would test the resolve of the brave young explorers. Most of all, it would provide us all with a pair of unlikely heros to admire and remember for many years to come. This is their story."--Back cover.

Burke Wills

Autore: Tim Bonyhady
Editore: Vantage Press, Inc
ISBN: 9780642107480
Grandezza: 16,94 MB
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Few colonial events have inspired as many artistic responses as the expedition led by Burke & Wills in 1860 to cross the Australian continent from south to north. This publication, produced in connection with the travelling exhibition of the same name, explores the myths that surround the ill-fated explorers and reveals the creativity Burke and Wills have inspired.

Following Burke And Wills Across Australia

Autore: Dave Phoenix
Editore: CSIRO PUBLISHING
ISBN: 1486301592
Grandezza: 66,93 MB
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Vista: 1850
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Every Australian has heard of Burke and Wills but few have travelled in their footsteps. In 2008, historian Dave Phoenix decided to walk across Australia from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria, following the track taken by the ill-fated Burke and Wills Expedition. Now you can follow them too. Following Burke and Wills Across Australia guides you on a road trip that follows one of history’s great transcontinental journeys, sharing the explorers’ experiences on the way. Maps lay out a route that takes you as close as possible to the Expedition’s track. As you travel the outback roads, you can learn all the details of the day to day journey of the Expedition from the explorers’ own words, and compare what you see with their descriptions of the country in 1860–61. Each chapter provides information about what to see now: the location and descriptions of the markers and memorials placed along the route over the 150 years since the Expedition, and places where you can stand where the explorers stood and look out over prospects they drew and described. The book is a perfect companion for those wanting to see outback Australia, and at the same time understand a journey that has attained mythic status in the history of Australian exploration. Even if you want to follow only part of the track, this is the book for you.