I See No End to Travelling: Journals of Australian Explorers, 1813-76
The history of Australian exploration and discovery has already been told in many ways. This book gives modern day Australians and 'eyewitness' account of those early days when the country was unknown and the possibilities seemed unlimited. The story, with its many adventures, is revealed through the diaries and log-books of the explorers themselves. their own plans, experiences and observations are all recorded here. These diary entries reveal to the reader the very human reactions of these European men; their amazement at the strangeness of the landscape, their tiredness and disillusionment, their concern for the pack animals and their relief at journey's end. Travelling usually on foot, often clothed and equipped inappropriately, they sought to discover a land which nature they did not then understand. The reader is able to share the sense of achievement in solving the riddle of the river systems, the excitement of discovering vast tracts of fine pastoral country, and its witness to the dogged determination which was needed in the crossing of harsh desert country. The linking passages by historian-writer Ann Millar draw together the many separate threads, and the tracks of the explorers are shown to be following one route - the path to discovery.
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