Item #5000528 [Caption titles:] II. An Overland Expedition from Port Denison to Cape York; under the command of F. and A. Jardine, Esqrs. By Mr. Richardson, Surveyor to the Expedition [and] V. Description of the Neighbourhood of Somerset, Cape York, Australia. By John Jardine Esq., Police Magistrate, Somerset, Cape York. A. J. RICHARDSON, John JARDINE.

An Overland Expedition from Port Denison to Cape York; under the command of F. and A. Jardine… [and] John JARDINE. Description of the Neighbourhood of Somerset, Cape York…
[Caption titles:] II. An Overland Expedition from Port Denison to Cape York; under the command of F. and A. Jardine, Esqrs. By Mr. Richardson, Surveyor to the Expedition [and] V. Description of the Neighbourhood of Somerset, Cape York, Australia. By John Jardine Esq., Police Magistrate, Somerset, Cape York.

London: Royal Geographical Society, "Read, November 27, 1865" and "Read, January 22, 1866"

Octavo, pp. 19-51 and 76-85; folding map of the expedition to Cape York coloured in outline; old quarter brown calf, pebbled cloth sides.

The expedition to the new settlement at Somerset, Cape York

Extracts from the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, accompanied by a fine map published for the Society by John Murray, dated 1866. The articles predate the publication of two works, one the official account by Byerley of the expedition led by the Jardine brothers overlanding cattle to the settlement at Somerset, and the other by Richardson, the expedition's surveyor. Wantrup noted of the two books published in 1867 that "What may be called the 'official' account of the Jardine expedition was edited by Frederick Byerley... from the journals kept by the brothers. As well, an 'unofficial' account was published by A. J. Richardson, the surveyor accompanying the expedition. Richardson's professional accuracy and competence were questioned by the Jardines and this dispute gave rise to some animosity in his account of the expedition, which is in part a self-justification. Richardson's bias does not devalue his account any more than the evident bias against Richardson mars the account edited by Byerley".

Extracts from the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, accompanied by a fine map published for the Society by John Murray, dated 1866. The articles predate the publication of two works, one the official account by Byerley of the expedition led by the Jardine brothers overlanding cattle to the settlement at Somerset, and the other by Richardson, the expedition's surveyor. Wantrup noted of the two books published in 1867 that "What may be called the 'official' account of the Jardine expedition was edited by Frederick Byerley... from the journals kept by the brothers. As well, an 'unofficial' account was published by A. J. Richardson, the surveyor accompanying the expedition. Richardson's professional accuracy and competence were questioned by the Jardines and this dispute gave rise to some animosity in his account of the expedition, which is in part a self-justification. Richardson's bias does not devalue his account any more than the evident bias against Richardson mars the account edited by Byerley".

John Jardine, author of the second article here, was the father of the two young explorers, who took up his appointment as magistrate for the new settlement in 1863. The 1864-5 expedition by his sons is recognised as one of the most adventurous and successful in the history of inland exploration. The two brothers brought a large herd of cattle and all their men through to the very tip of Cape York, across land that had been traversed with such tragic results by Edmund Kennedy only fifteen years before. This was surely one of the most remarkable personal achievements in Australia's history, and the success of the expedition was critical to the subsequent settlement in the remote north-east of Australia.

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