'Burke and Wills Expedition, original wood engraving, Illustrated London News, 1862, 
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AUSTRALIAN EXPLORATION

The Burke and Wills Australian Exploration Expedition: Departure of the Expedition from the Royal Park, Melbourne, August 20, 1860

Original wood engraving for The London Illustrated News possibly after Nicholas Chevalier's famous painting. Note Camels and Afgans a the rear. The Expediton was famous failure. On August 15, 1861 The Adelaide Register recorded: The First detachment of the Burke "(and Wills) Relief (rescue) Expedition started from Adelaide on Wednesday Morning... As early as 8 o'clock...crowds of persons of both sexes were to be seen wending their way to the back of the Police Paddock in North Tce, where the camels are quartered...Although it was known that they were not to start at once, it was arranged that their harnessing should be fitted and adjusted so as to prevent further delay. This work...created much amusement. The two animals which have for the past few months been wandering about the bush unrestrained, were the most difficult to manage and these exhibited such a quarrelsome propensity that it was found necessary to muzzle them. The camel was introduced to assist in Australian exploration by John Ainsworth Horrocks in 1846, although the outcome dire due to the ill-behaved camel, Harry, causing a shotgun to fire causing the eventual death of Horrocks having horrific wounds to the face. The artist that recorded this earlier ill-fated expediton was Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-1880), who nursed Horrocks until his death.
Published "The Illustrated London News", February 1, 1862
Condition = Excellent with later hand colouring Price= AUD$ 185
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