John McKinlay´s Northern Territory Explorations 1866
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This is the first publication in book form of McKinlay's search for land suitable for a capital and settlement.
The book republishes six-and-a-bit South Australian Parliamentary Papers prepared between 1865 and 1867, in what has been described as 'one of the greatest failures ever recorded in the annals of exploration'. It has also been described as 'one of Australia's greatest small boat voyages'.
McKinlay and his party travelled across the rugged water-logged country of what is now Kakadu National Park to the East Alligator River, where he decided that the only way of escape was to build a punt from tent canvas, saplings, and the hides of their slaughtered horses. In this fragile craft, they sailed and rowed and bailed their way down the river and across the open sea back to the tiny settlement of Escape Cliffs.
In her introduction Valmai Hankel quotes from the diaries of R.H. Edmunds, who was on the expedition and is often very critical of McKinlay.
Introduction by Valmai Hankel.
Deluxe - bound in black quarter leather with brown cloth boards and gold marker ribbon.
Standard hardback, bound in blind-stamped brown cloth boards
pp. xxxv, 196; 2 large fold. maps (1 col.)
225 x 155 x 22 mm; 530 gm
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