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Australian Pioneer. Burke And Wills Expedition. Robert O'Hara Burke, a police officer, led an expedition from Melbourne in 1860 with the object of crossing the continent from south to north. William John Wills became second in command.

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burke and wills expedition
Burke And Wills Expedition
  • Robert O'Hara Burke, a police officer, led an expedition from Melbourne in 1860 with the object of crossing the continent from south to north. William John Wills became second in command.
  • These courageous explorers accompanied by two members of the expedition, King and Gray, made there way to the Gulf of Carpentaria from a depot they had established at Cooper's Creek in Queensland.
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Burke and Wills proceeded ahead of the others and succeeded in reaching the estuary of the Flinders River on the Gulf of Carpentaria.
  • Tragedy marked the return journey. Gray died of exhaustion. The other three weakened by severe privations, struggled back to Cooper's Creek only to find that the depot party had left a few hours before their arrival. The party had remained there six weeks longer than they had been ordered to stay.
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Burke and Wills died of starvation. King was cared for by friendly natives until a relief party rescued him.
robert o hara burke
Robert O’Hara Burke
  • Robert O’Hara Burke (1821-1861) was one of the first men to cross Australia from south to north. In tragic circumstances in died from starvation on the banks of cooper creek. Burke was born in Ireland. In 1848 he joined the Irish police. After migrating to Australia he become inspector of police in the gold mining areas.
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Born: 6-May 1820
  • Birthplace: St. Clerah’s country Galway, Ireland
  • Died: 28-June 1861
  • Location of death: Australia
  • Cause of death: Starvation
  • Gender: Male
  • Race or Ethnicity: White
  • Occupation: Explorer
  • Nationality: Australia
  • Executive summary: Tried to cross Australia
william john wills
William John Wills
  • William John Wills was born in Devon, England on the 5th of January 1834. In London Wills studied to become a doctor but gave up his studies and sailed to Australia In 1853. At first wills worked as farm laborers but later Wills worked in his fathers medical practice in Ballarat. When burke asked him to join the expedition Wills job was to be the
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Surveyor, meteorologist and astronomer. Wills become 2nd in command of the expedition after Burke dismissed George Landells from that position. Wills was a serious, intelligent and loyal man who did his job well, keeping an accurate record of the expedition and a diary from which much was learned about the fatal journey. Wills died in June 1861.
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Born: 5th January 1834
  • Birthplace: unknown
  • Died: 1861
  • Location of death: Australia
  • Cause of death: Starvation
  • Gender: Male
  • Race or Ethnicity: unknown
  • Occupation: unknown
  • Nationality: English
  • Executive summary: To cross Australia
bibliography
Bibliography
  • http://www.nndb.com/people/236/000102927/
  • http://gutenberg.net.au/pages/burkeandwills.html
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_O'Hara_Burke