Viewing Entry - Burke & Wills (S15424) by FitzSimons, Peter.
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Burke & Wills : the triumph and tragedy of Australia's most famous explorers
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Voyages and travel, History, Biography.
Voyages and travel, History, Biography. Burke, Robert O'Hara, 1821-1861 -- Travel -- Australia. Wills, William John, 1834-1861 -- Travel -- Australia. Burke and Wills Expedition (1860-1861) Australia -- Discovery and exploration.
Melbourne, 20th August 1860. In an ambitious quest to be the first Europeans to cross the harsh Australian continent, the Victorian Exploring Expedition sets off, led by Robert O'Hara Burke, a brave man totally lacking in the bush skills necessary for his task; and surveyor and meteorologist William Wills. 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. 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.