THE DIG TREE; The Extraordinary Story of The Ill-Fated Burke and Wills Expedition. Sarah Murgatroyd.

THE DIG TREE; The Extraordinary Story of The Ill-Fated Burke and Wills Expedition

London: Bloomsbury, 2002. Second printing. Hardcover. 6 x 9, 372 pgs, index, b&w and a section of color photos. On 20th August, 1860, The Victorian Exploring Expedition left Melbourne to make the journey into the Gulf of Carpentaria in the northern coast. The expedition was headed by an Irish policeman called Robert O' Hara Burke - a charmer, gambler, and a man infamous for taking long baths in his back garden. Burke and his team of eighteen men made a confident start. After leaving most of the group behind in Cooper Creek (in central Australia), three of the party, including Burke, reached the Carpentaria. They were the first ever to do so. But the journey back was riddled with mishap and bad luck. By the time the three had returned to Cooper Creek, exhausted and starving, they discovered that the rest of the party had retreated, leaving behind only a carved message on a coolibah tree. "The Dig Tree" is the tale of this tragic expedition. Very Good in Very Good DJ. Item #31352
ISBN: 0747556776

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