Cooper's Creek: Tragedy and Adventure in the Australian Outback

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2010 - History - 224 pages
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In 1860, an expedition set out from Melbourne, Australia, into the interior of the country, with the mission to find a route to the northern coast. Headed by Robert O’Hara Burke and William John Wills, the party of adventurers, scientists, and camels set out into the outback hoping to find enough water and to keep adequate food stores for their trek into the bush. Almost one year later, Burke, Wills, and two others from their party, Gray and King, reached the northern shore but on their journey back, they were stranded at Cooper’s Creek where all but King perished. Cooper’s Creek is a gripping, intense historical narrative about the harshness of the Australian outback and the people who were brave enough to go into the very depths of that uncharted country.
 

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

Alan Moorehead has a must-read niche in my mind. I enjoyed this exploration of an epic Aussie trek. I was unfamiliar with the extent that exploration was an internal competition as far as this expedition went. It didn't end well, and one sees why. Read full review

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

An interesting account of the first exploration group to cross the interior of Australia from south to north. Also a tragic story since three of the four explorers died through a combination of poor planning, poor communication, and missed rescue opportunities. Read full review

Contents

1THE GHASTLY BLANK
2STURT
3THE EXPEDITION ASSEMBLES
4THE JOURNEY TO MENINDIE
5MENINDIE TO COOPERS CREEK
6TO THE GULF
7THE REARGUARD
8THE RETURN FROM THE GULF
10TOWARDS MOUNT HOPELESS
11THE RESCUE PARTIES SET OUT
12HOWITTS MARCH
13BACK TO MELBOURNE
14THE ROYAL COMMISSION
15THE PUBLIC PENANCE
NOTE
Index

9BACK TO MENINDIE

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Alan Moorehead was born in 1910 in Melbourne, Australia, and served as a foreign correspondent, winning international recognition for his reporting during WWII. Moorehead was the author of Cooper's Creek , The White Nile , The Blue Nile , and more than twenty other books. He passed away in 1983.

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