Journal Of An Overland Expedition In Australia, By Ludwig Leichhardt




















































































































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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

By Ludwig Leichhardt

Production notes: Footnotes inserted in square brackets [] at point where referenced, or at end of paragraph. Plates (illustrations) not included. A list of plates is given at end of Table of Contents.

"Die Gotter brauchen manchen guten Mann Zu ihrem Dienst auf dieser weiten Erde"

GOETHE, Iph. auf Tauris.

To WILLIAM ALLEYNE NICHOLSON, ESQ., M.D. of Bristol; To ROBERT LYND, ESQ. OF SYDNEY And to THE GENEROUS PEOPLE OF NEW SOUTH WALES This work is respectfully and gratefully dedicated, By The Author

PREFACE

In preparing this volume for the press, I have been under the greatest obligations to Captain P. P. King, R. N., an officer whose researches have added so much to the geography of Australia. This gentleman has not only corrected my manuscript, but has added notes, the value of which will be appreciated by all who consider the opportunities he has had of obtaining the most correct information upon these subjects, during his surveys of the coasts parallel to my track.

To S. A. Perry, Esq., Deputy Surveyor General, I am extremely indebted for the assiduous labour he has bestowed in draughting my map. I shall ever remember the friendly interest he expressed, and the courteous attention with which he listened to the details of my journey.

From the Rev. W. B. Clarke, in addition to the unvaried kindness he has evinced towards me since my arrival in Australia, I have received every assistance which his high scientific acquirements enabled him to give.

I take this opportunity of publicly expressing my most sincere thanks to these gentlemen, for the generous assistance they have afforded me on this occasion, and for the warm interest which they have been kind enough to take in the success of my approaching enterprise.

LUDWIG LEICHIJARDT. SYDNEY, September 29th, 1846.

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER I LEAVE THE LAST STATION - FOSSIL REMAINS - DARLING DOWNS - ENTER THE WILDERNESS - WATERLOO PLAINS - THE CONDAMINE - HEAVY RAINS - CHARLEY'S MISCONDUCT - MURPHY AND CALEB LOST - KENT'S LAGOON - COAL - MURPHY AND CALEB FOUND AGAIN.

CHAPTER II PARTY REDUCED BY THE RETURN OF MR. HODGSON AND CALEB - MEET FRIENDLY NATIVES - NATIVE TOMB - THE DAWSON - VERVAIN PLAINS - GILBERT'S RANGE - LYND'S RANGE - ROBINSON'S CREEK - MURPHY'S LAKE - MOUNTAINOUS COUNTRY - EXPEDITION RANGE - MOUNT NICHOLSON - ALDIS'S PEAK - THE BOYD.

CHAPTER III RUINED CASTLE CREEK - ZAMIA CREEK - BIGGE'S MOUNTAIN - ALLOWANCE OF FLOUR REDUCED - NATIVES SPEAR A HORSE - CHRISTMAS RANGES - BROWN'S LAGOONS - THUNDER-STORMS - ALBINIA DOWNS - COMET CREEK - NATIVE CAMP.

CHAPTER IV SWARMS OF COCKATOOS - ALLOWANCE OF FLOUR FURTHER REDUCED - NATIVE FAMILY - THE MACKENZIE - COAL - NATIVES SPEAKING A DIFFERENT IDIOM - MOUNT STEWART - BROWN AND MYSELF MISS THE WAY BACK TO THE CAMP - FIND OUR PARTY AGAIN, ON THE FOURTH DAY - NEUMAN'S CREEK - ROPER'S PEAK - CALVERT'S PEAK - GILBERT'S DOME - GREAT WANT OF WATER.

CHAPTER V DIFFERENCE OF SOIL AS TO MOISTURE - PHILLIPS'S MOUNTAIN - ALLOWANCE OF FLOUR REDUCED AGAIN - HUGHS'S CREEK - TOMBSTONE CREEK - CHARLEY AND BROWN BECOME UNRULY - THE ISAACS - NATIVE WOMEN - COXEN'S PEAK AND RANGE - GEOLOGICAL CHARACTER - CHARLEY REBELS AGAIN AND LEAVES - BROWN FOLLOWS HIM - BOTH RETURN PENITENT - VARIATIONS OF THE WEATHER - SKULL OF NATIVE - FRIENDLY NATIVES VISIT THE CAMP.

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