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September 04, 2019 07:33AM
In 1860, Robert Burke and William Wills famously led the first European expedition across the largely unknown interior of Australia.

It did not go well. Due to a combination of poor leadership, bad planning and misfortune, Burke, Wills and their companion John King ran out of food on the return journey.

They became stranded at a stream called Cooper's Creek, having found no way to carry enough water to cross a stretch of desert to the nearest colonial outpost at the unpromisingly named Mount Hopeless.

... (Yet) the local Yandruwandha people seemed to thrive despite the conditions that were proving so tough for Wills's party.


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In the Outback, and up the Creek

Hermione September 04, 2019 07:33AM

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