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Explorations in Australia: I-Explorations in Search of Dr Leichardt and Party. II-From Perth to Adelaide, around the Great Australian Bight. III-From Champion Bay, across the Desert to the Telegraph and to Adelaide
     

Explorations in Australia: I-Explorations in Search of Dr Leichardt and Party. II-From Perth to Adelaide, around the Great Australian Bight. III-From Champion Bay, across the Desert to the Telegraph and to Adelaide

by John Forrest
 

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John Forrest (1847-1918), was an Australian surveyor and explorer. At twenty-two, he led an expedition to determine the fate of Ludwig Leichardt, who had earlier disappeared in the western desert. The following year he surveyed the coastal route from Perth to Adelaide, establishing the possibility of a telegraph line. In 1874, he crossed the central western desert,

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John Forrest (1847-1918), was an Australian surveyor and explorer. At twenty-two, he led an expedition to determine the fate of Ludwig Leichardt, who had earlier disappeared in the western desert. The following year he surveyed the coastal route from Perth to Adelaide, establishing the possibility of a telegraph line. In 1874, he crossed the central western desert, a two-thousand mile journey which confirmed his heroic reputation. He received the founder's medal of the Royal Geographical Society in London and was appointed Deputy Surveyor-General. His account of these expeditions, published in 1875, is based on his diaries, with extracts from official letters and the newspapers that covered the events. Forrest became Premier of Western Australia, held several positions under the subsequent federal government, and was the first native-born Australian to be recommended for a barony. This book thus illuminates the political history of Australia and that of its geographical exploration.

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ISBN-13:
9781108039185
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/08/2011
Series:
Cambridge Library Collection - Travel and Exploration Series
Pages:
410
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.91(d)

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