Examination of Country North-East of Eucla…
South Australia. No. 191. Examination of Country North-East of Eucla… Report & Journal…of Examination of the Country North-East of Eucla by Mr James W. Jones…

Adelaide: Government Printer, 1880.

Folio, 9 pp., with a large folding map (555 x 705 mm; '"Plan shewing Country north east of Eucla examined by Mr James W. Jones with the view to decide upon boring operations for water"); unbound as issued.

Exploring the Nullarbor

South Australian Parliamentary Paper (number 191 of 1880): such printings were generally relatively small accounting for their present-day scarcity. Jones, Deputy Surveyor General, went out in search of a site to make the first trial borings for water conservation in the area around Eucla. His report, put together from his "minutely detailed" official journal, gives a complete description of the country from the coast to the route taken by Ernest Giles on his exploration towards Perth. The map embraces the entire extent of the Nullarbor Plain within South Australia, an area covering 16,500 square miles. He discovered the Kudna rockhole and catacombs, an immense network of limestone caves, lakes and underground passages under the Nullarbor Plain. These were only rediscovered in 1947, despite the cairn Jones had erected. In the course of his explorations he discovered the sad relics -- the wagon and their last campsite -- of Fairie and Woolley, who had died of thirst north of Eucla two years earlier.

South Australian Parliamentary Paper (number 191 of 1880): such printings were generally relatively small accounting for their present-day scarcity. Jones, Deputy Surveyor General, went out in search of a site to make the first trial borings for water conservation in the area around Eucla. His report, put together from his "minutely detailed" official journal, gives a complete description of the country from the coast to the route taken by Ernest Giles on his exploration towards Perth. The map embraces the entire extent of the Nullarbor Plain within South Australia, an area covering 16,500 square miles. He discovered the Kudna rockhole and catacombs, an immense network of limestone caves, lakes and underground passages under the Nullarbor Plain. These were only rediscovered in 1947, despite the cairn Jones had erected. In the course of his explorations he discovered the sad relics -- the wagon and their last campsite -- of Fairie and Woolley, who had died of thirst north of Eucla two years earlier.

Provenance: Private collection (Sydney).

McLaren, 10540.

Price (AUD): $885.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504548

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