Following Burke and Wills Across Victoria: A Touring Guide

Phoenix, David (2011) Following Burke and Wills Across Victoria: A Touring Guide. Phoenix, Vorrath and Dorahy, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

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In 2008 Dave Phoenix, President of the Burke and Wills Historical Society and recognised expert on the history of the Burke and Wills Expedition, walked from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria following the track of the Expedition as closely as possible. The walk was part of Dave's research for his PhD thesis, which he is writing at James Cook University, and before commencing his journey, he did extensive research to determine the actual track and to understand what the various parties saw and how they were affected by their experiences. He produced a detailed collection of information that he took with him as a guide on his 3,750 kilometre, 115-day journey (he took almost as long as the Expedition did to cross Australia and travelled at the same time of year). In 2010, the 150th anniversary of the commencement of the Expedition, members of the Royal Society of Victoria and the Burke and Wills Historical Society decided that a highly desirable project was to produce a Touring Guide which could be used to follow the Expedition's track in a vehicle (walking the whole track isn't everyone's idea of a good time). Dave's material was the obvious starting point for the production of such a guide.

Item ID: 50835
Item Type: Book (Non-Research)
ISBN: 978-0-646-56419-7
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2017 23:25
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 100%
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