Finding Burke and Wills
Many believe that Alfred Howitt, an experienced bushman who had already taken a small and successful expedition into South Australia´s outback, should have led the Burke and Wills Expedition. Instead, he was given the task of discovering what happened to the missing men.
Howitt´s story makes enthralling reading. He recounts the discovery of the two dead explorers, and the recovery of the sole survivor, John King. In the final part of the story, Howitt reflects on the return expedition to collect the two bodies. Finding Burke and Wills republishes a talk Howitt gave in Adelaide more than 40 years later in 1907, with the explorer looking back on the two expeditions.
He also discusses the 1858 expedition into South Australia´s Far North led by Benjamin Herschel Babbage, who was recalled under controversial circumstances for making slow progress. Howitt makes a convincing case for his belief that the Government had made a scapegoat of Babbage.
This best-selling volume is enlivened with many vibrant and intricate drawings from the 1858 expedition. Sketched by Babbage, and also by David Herrgott, many of these are being published for the first time.
Finding Burke and Wills also contains the first ever reprint of one of the rarest and quaintest publications of Australian exploration, Cuthbert Charles Clarke´s illustrations to the diaries of the Burke & Wills expedition to Carpentaria, of which only four copies are known.
A scholarly introduction by Valmai Hankel thoughtfully unites the wide scope of this publication. Portraits of the protagonists, and a map especially drawn for the book, complete an unusual, fascinating and beautifully presented addition to the Friends´ Australiana publications.
This publication is also available as a two-CD talking book. ABC Adelaide presenter Peter Goers reads the text, while Valmai Hankel reads her introduction.
Introduction by Valmai Hankel
out of series Deluxe - bound in black quarter leather with blind stamped dark green cloth boards and gold marker ribbon.
Standard - bound in dark green cloth boards.
978 1876154 639 (Paperback)
978 1876154 592 (CD)
Book pp. xxxviii, 122; illus. [some tinted], fold. col. map
Book 235 x 160 x 11 mm; 325 gm
CD 125 x 142 x 10 mm; 85 gm
out of series Deluxe: $75
Soft cover: Members $25, Non-members $30
OUT OF STOCK2-CD set: Members $10, Non-members $15