Report of the Commissioners Appointed to Enquire into and Report Upon the Circumstances Connected with the Sufferings and Death of Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills, the Victorian Explorers. BURKE AND WILLS COMMISSION.
Report of the Commissioners Appointed to Enquire into and Report Upon the Circumstances Connected with the Sufferings and Death of Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills, the Victorian Explorers.
Report of the Commissioners Appointed to Enquire into and Report Upon the Circumstances Connected with the Sufferings and Death of Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills, the Victorian Explorers.
Report of the Commissioners Appointed to Enquire into and Report Upon the Circumstances Connected with the Sufferings and Death of Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills, the Victorian Explorers.

Report of the Commissioners…
Report of the Commissioners Appointed to Enquire into and Report Upon the Circumstances Connected with the Sufferings and Death of Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills, the Victorian Explorers.

Melbourne: John Ferres, 1862.

Foolscap folio, 104 pp., together with two other relevant Victorian Parliamentary Papers 1864-66; modern quarter calf, the Ingleton copy with his bookplate and his shelfmark.

The ill fated expedition

The rare and important Royal Commission report on the ill-fated Burke and Wills expedition: 'very scarce and of high interest' (Wantrup). Bound together with two other Reports 1864-66 on the cost and liabilities of the Expedition.

The rare and important Royal Commission report on the ill-fated Burke and Wills expedition: 'very scarce and of high interest' (Wantrup). Bound together with two other Reports 1864-66 on the cost and liabilities of the Expedition.
The Royal Commission justly apportioned the blame between the expedition's incompetent leader, Burke; William Wright, the careless overseer; and the indecisive Exploration Committee of the Royal Society of Victoria. Although it concluded that Wright appeared 'to have been reprehensible in the highest degree', Burke was also chastised for displaying 'a far greater amount of zeal than prudence… overtaxing the powers of his party', and also for his failure to keep a regular journal.

Maria, 35; Australian Rare Books, 167.

Price (AUD): $3,250.00  other currencies     Ref: #4503968

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