Perth: Wm. Alfred Watson, Government Printer, 1902.
Folio, 62 pp., with a large folding lithographic map measuring 890 x 648 mm., fine in handsome quarter green polished calf with gilt lettering.
Incomprehensible suffering and despair
Official account of the scientific expedition financed by the wealthy English traveller Albert Calvert, dispatched 'for the purpose of exploring the remaining blanks of Australia'.
Official account of the scientific expedition financed by the wealthy English traveller Albert Calvert, dispatched 'for the purpose of exploring the remaining blanks of Australia'.Lawrence Allen Wells (1883-1932) was an Australian born surveyor who rose to prominence for continuing the work of the Elder Scientific Expedition after it collapsed under the leadership of David Lindsay. Accurate and understated, Wells won the esteem of the Adelaide scientific community and attracted the attention of Albert Calvert who insisted that Wells lead his expedition. Accompanied by his cousin Charles Wells and other scientific companions, the Calvert Expedition of 1896 passed through the Murchison goldfields, and headed north to the Fitzroy River. At Midway Well the party split intending to meet at Joanna Spring, some 300 kilometres to the north. The first group led by Wells' cousin perished in the attempt. Unable to locate Joanna Spring (incorrectly mapped by 30 kilometres to the east by Warburton some years earlier) the second group barely survived an incomprehensible 13 day march of some 220 kilometres over sand hills with no water before reaching the safety of Noonkanbah station on the Fitzroy River.
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