Early Explorers

Find out more about early European explorers of inland Australia including Ludwig Leichhardt, Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills, John McDouall Stuart and Edmund Kennedy. NSW schools can also book an Early Explorers: Trailblazing the Australian Interior workshop for Stage 2 students - for more information, see the Library's school program. (http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/services/learning_at_the_Library/2013_school_program.html).
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[Series of scenes depicting various incidents in the Burke and Wills expedition, with portraits of Burke and Wills]

[Series of scenes depicting various incidents in the Burke and Wills expedition, with portraits of Burke and Wills]

Exploration - trailblazing the Australian interior tells the story of the intrepid adventurers who explored and opened up inland Australia.    This journey traces some of the most significant expeditions of the first half of the 19th century, and the role they played in defining the shape of the Australia we know today.

Exploration - trailblazing the Australian interior tells the story of the intrepid adventurers who explored and opened up inland Australia. This journey traces some of the most significant expeditions of the first half of the 19th century, and the role they played in defining the shape of the Australia we know today.

John McDouall Stuart, explorer, ca. 1860 / photographer unknown

John McDouall Stuart, explorer, ca. 1860 / photographer unknown

Burke and Wills Expedition / Samuel Thomas Gill. 9. Death of Burke

Burke and Wills Expedition / Samuel Thomas Gill. 9. Death of Burke

Ludwig Leichhardt, explorer, undated / photographer J. Yates

Ludwig Leichhardt, explorer, undated / photographer J. Yates

Sketch from an album by Joseph Herrgott from John McDouall Stuart Expedition, 1859

Sketch from an album by Joseph Herrgott from John McDouall Stuart Expedition, 1859

The Start of the Burke and Wills Exploring Expedition from Royal Park, Melbourne, August 20, 1860 / William Strutt

The Start of the Burke and Wills Exploring Expedition from Royal Park, Melbourne, August 20, 1860 / William Strutt

John McDouall Stuart, explorer, 1863 / photographer Professor Hall, Adelaide

John McDouall Stuart, explorer, 1863 / photographer Professor Hall, Adelaide

Burke and Wills Expedition / Samuel Thomas Gill. 10. Discovery of King with local Indigenous people by Howitt

Burke and Wills Expedition / Samuel Thomas Gill. 10. Discovery of King with local Indigenous people by Howitt

Burke and Wills Expedition / Samuel Thomas Gill. 4. Pioneer party leaving Cooper's Creek

Burke and Wills Expedition / Samuel Thomas Gill. 4. Pioneer party leaving Cooper's Creek

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