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Govenor

Who am I ?

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Many great explorers have crossed the hazardous deserts, plains, mountains and rivers of Australia. They served their country with hardship, pain and in some cases their lives by crossing at times the most impossible terrains. Yet they also had the joy, pleasure and victory when their exploration attempts were a success and they triumphed over all their trials. Australians owe it to those who explored and mapped this vast land against all odds.
by Ingrid Griggs

Who were some of the great explorers of Australia?

Note: names have capital letters

I proved that Van Diemen's land was an island. Bass Strait was named after my friend George Bass. blank

 

 

With my team members, Lawson, Wentworth and four convicts, I set out on horseback attempting to cross the Blue Mountains.

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I collected many botanical samples which were sent to London. I explored, what is now called, the Darling Downs.

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Charles Sturt renamed the river which was named after me, the Murray River. Who am I ?

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My final expedition took me from Adelaide across Barrier Range to Lake Frome, Cooper Creek and Eyre Creek. A desert is named after me.

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One part of South Australia I explored  was depressing. The two mountains I discovered I named, Mount Deception and Mount Hopeless. The great salt pan is named after me.

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On my third exploration I reached the Indian Ocean and established a route for the Overland Telegraph Line.

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I was saddened by the fact that Burke put the lives of too many men in danger unnecessarily. I believe this to be the main reason for the failure of our expedition.

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I crossed the Nullarbor Plain with camels and arrived in Perth in 1875. I conquered the Gibson Desert but my work was never really given full recognition. 

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Western Australia was my home. I explored from Perth to Esperance Bay and on to Port Augusta and Adelaide. I also explored the north of Western Australia.

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If you are interested in learning some more about the explorers in the questionnaire, visit the Nineteenth Century of Exploration of Australia,
complete with maps at: http://www.wku.edu/~smithch/australia/

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