South Australia. Journal of the Elder Exploring Expedition, 1891. ELDER EXPEDITION, SOUTH AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT.
South Australia. Journal of the Elder Exploring Expedition, 1891.
South Australia. Journal of the Elder Exploring Expedition, 1891.

South Australia. Journal of the Elder Exploring Expedition, 1891.

Adelaide: Government Printer, 1893.

Folio, 78 pp., with two large folding maps each measuring 720 x 1530 mm., recent black cloth.

Enormous geological chart of the central desert

First published report of the Elder Scientific Expedition of 1891, complete with the two magnificent lithographic maps of the central desert on the border of Western and South Australia. The expedition was privately funded by Sir Thomas Elder, who had earlier bankrolled the first great desert journey of Ernest Giles. It was led by surveyor general David Lindsay, a celebrated explorer of the Northern Territory.

First published report of the Elder Scientific Expedition of 1891, complete with the two magnificent lithographic maps of the central desert on the border of Western and South Australia. The expedition was privately funded by Sir Thomas Elder, who had earlier bankrolled the first great desert journey of Ernest Giles. It was led by surveyor general David Lindsay, a celebrated explorer of the Northern Territory.

Lindsay took charge of the Elder Scientific Expedition with the stated intention of exploring the unknown interior of Western Australia between the routes laid out by Forrest in 1874 and Giles in 1875 'for the purpose of completing the exploration of Australia'. The expedition travelled 2,745 miles through unexplored country, mapping 80,000 square miles. Sadly, the men were besieged by internal conflict and all but one member of the scientific team resigned. This marked an abrupt end to Lindsay's career as an explorer.

This report, published by order of the South Australian parliament, predates the first public edition printed by C. E. Bristow. The two maps are splendid indeed, both illustrate the same geography however the second map is overlaid with geological types printed in six colours.

McLaren, 12616.

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