Burke and Wills across Australia

Burke and Wills across Australia. Burke and Wills across Australia. Introduction- create using abstract
-very brief cover of Australian exploration prior to journey in 1860 and why the interior lay unkown
-understanding of melbourne and relations with other australian states during this time, competition
– why did the men take on arduous journey
-who they were
– why they remain important
Why they went:
– discover more resources
–was there gold like in victoria?
— was there arable land for cattle?
-fame and recognition
— newspapers and the creation of explorer heroes
-scientific gain
— plants and fauna
— needed mapping of unknown land
-was there an inland sea?
— some people believed that some rivers drained into an inland ocean
-railroad possibilities
— could use their trail to create maps for future railroad across australia, keeping melbourne important in the future
-Telegraph terminus
— news of a telegraph line being created from india to darwin in northern australia meant that cities across the south and east were racing to find a path way to the north and darwin. whichever city got there could become the telegraph hub
-competition with New South Wales and other states
— victoria was a new state and melbourne a new city, felt the need to establish themselves, led to competition with sydney as premier australian city. 
— Adelaide had already launched a exploratory party north 
– conquer terra incognita
— world was being mapped, closing in so to speak, not many places left for a man to put his name
-Royal Melbourne Society
— what it was, who were they, what were their established goals
Who they were:
– Robert Ohare Burke
— why was he chosen as leader
-George Landells
— camel guru
-William John Wills
— show some of his maps possibly
-Becklers, Ludwig and Herman ( my prof is german he’ll like this)
— show some maps or sketches of geographical importance
The journey itself/Why they failed (covered very well in sources given)
– dissent among the ranks
— losing Landells and Becklers
– supply follies 
— overloaded, deciding where and when to build depots
– leadership woes
-deciding to push on with 4 from coopers creek
— could show maps here of travels(anywhere actually in these paragraphs)
– treatment of aboriginals 
– missing the return party
-rescue of King
— was it a failure
Martyrdom and Mythology:
– what did their deaths mean to people in melbourne and australia 
— poems, tombstones, monuments (pictures would work well here)
— romanticism of their deaths and journey (use the map by DeGruchy and Leigh)
– what did their relief and search parties accomplish
— irony of their deaths accomplishing more than their trip itself(search party trips map?)
– what do they mean to australians now
-Talk about why they went and if they accomplished their goals 
– about their contributions to the exploration of Austrlia
– could they have lived? would it have been less helpful to overall discovery

https://sovereignhill.com.au/media/uploads/BW_Context_4.pdf (great paper to follow, can use their model and sources)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burke_and_Wills_expedition (useful for sources at the bottom)

https://www.burkeandwills.net.au/ (best and most useful source, contains sources for everything needed)


Burke and Wills: From Melbourne to Myth – Tom Bonyhady (book)

The Scientific Legacy of Burke and Wills – Bernie Joyce (journal)

On the Trail of Burke and Wills – Andrew McIntyre (article)

Seeking the Center: Australian Desert in Literature, Art and Film (book)

An R.H. poem on Burke and Wills – Brian Elliot (journal)

Burke and Wills – part national myth part French farce – Alan Attwood (article)

An acquisition of drawings from the Burke and Wills expedition – Linda Groom (collection of drawings)

The Victorian exploring expedition and relieving expeditions. 1860-61: the Burke and Wills tragedy – Ian Francis (book)

Supplementary pamphlet to the Burke and Wills exploring expedition: containing the evidence taken before the Commission of Inquiry appointed by Government. With portraits of John King and Charles Gray


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Outback with Burke – Leora Moldofsky (journal)

Burke and Wills across Australia

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