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    The Burke and Wills Expedition – Part 8 – The Fate of John King and the Legacy of the VEE

    The Burke and Wills Expedition – Part 8 – The Fate of John King and the Legacy of the VEE

    In the final super-sized episode (part 8) of the Burke and Wills Expedition, we take a look at the fate of John King – the last unaccounted for member of the VEE. We then cover the aftermath of the expedition, and look at the legacy of Burke and Wills and Victorian Exploring Expedition.
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    • 57 min
    The Burke and Wills Expedition - Part 7 - The Mount Hopeless Gamble

    The Burke and Wills Expedition - Part 7 - The Mount Hopeless Gamble

    In Part 7 of our series, Burke, Wills and King make a desperate stab at making for Mount Hopeless. While much closer than Menindee, the three men do not know the way or have accurate directions. Meanwhile, Wright and Brahe meet up, and make for the depot at Cooper's Creek. In Melbourne, the calls for a search party grown louder and louder with each passing week.
    People and Places

    Robert O’Hara Burke – Leader of the Victorian Exploring Expedition (VEE)

    William Wills – British surveyor and astronomer. 2nd-in-command of the expedition.

    Victoria Exploring Expedition (VEE) – The official name of the expedition led by Robert Burke to cross the Australian continent.

    Hermann Beckler – German doctor and botanist.

    Ludwig Becker – German geologist and naturalist.

    William Wright – Bushman who joined the VEE at Menindee. Now leading the relief column to Cooper’s Creek.

    John King – 22-year old ex-soldier. Selected by Burke to be part of the contingent going to the north coast.

    Cooper’s Creek – River in central Australia. It is about halfway across the continent if someone is traveling between Melbourne and Gulf of Carpentaria in the north. About 750 miles from Melbourne.

    Menindee – Most northerly outpost on the route of the VEE in their trek across Australia. About 400 miles from Melbourne.

    Gulf of Carpentaria – The most direct route from Victoria to the northern coast of Australia – roughly a 1500 mile journey across the continent.

    Mount Hopeless - a cattle station about 150 miles southwest of the depot at Cooper's Creek.

    Alfred Howitt - English explorer and naturalist who will be hired by the Royal Society of Victoria to head north and find out what has happened to Robert Burke and his men.


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    • 34 min
    The Burke and Wills Expedition - Part 6 - The Return

    The Burke and Wills Expedition - Part 6 - The Return

    In part 6 of our series, Robert Burke and his comrades begin their journey from the northern coast of Australia to the depot at Cooper's Creek. They are low on supplies and their health is waning. Meanwhile, William Wright struggles to get the needed supplies to depot, where the health of William Brahe and his men is deteriorating.
    People and Places

    Robert O’Hara Burke – Leader of the Victorian Exploring Expedition (VEE)

    William Wills – British surveyor and astronomer. 2nd-in-command of the expedition.

    Victoria Exploring Expedition (VEE) – The official name of the expedition led by Robert Burke to cross the Australian continent.

    Hermann Beckler - German doctor and botanist.

    Ludwig Becker - German geologist and naturalist.

    William Wright - Bushman who joined the VEE at Menindee. Now leading the relief column to Cooper's Creek.

    John King - 22-year old ex-soldier. Selected by Burke to be part of the contingent going to the north coast.

    Thomas McDonough - VEE member who accompanied Burke and Wills to Cooper's Creek.

    Charley Gray - VEE member who was selected to go with Burke and Wills to the north coast of Australia. 

    Cooper’s Creek – River in central Australia. It is about halfway across the continent if someone is traveling between Melbourne and Gulf of Carpentaria in the north. About 750 miles from Melbourne.

    Menindee - Most northerly outpost on the route of the VEE in their trek across Australia. About 400 miles from Melbourne.

    Gulf of Carpentaria - The most direct route from Victoria to the northern coast of Australia - roughly a 1500 mile journey across the continent.


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    Map: https://explorerspodcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/06/burke_and_wills_map.png
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    • 29 min
    The Burke and Wills Expedition - Part 5 - Across Australia

    The Burke and Wills Expedition - Part 5 - Across Australia

    In part 5 of our series Robert Burke and William Wills lead a small contingent of men into the outback of Australia in an attempt to reach reach the north coast - and in the process become the first men to cross the continent.
    People and Places

    Robert O’Hara Burke – Leader of the Victorian Exploring Expedition (VEE)

    William Wills – British surveyor and astronomer. 2nd-in-command of the expedition.

    Victoria Exploring Expedition (VEE) – The official name of the expedition led by Robert Burke to cross the Australian continent.

    John McDouall Stuart – Scottish explorer who was the chief competitor with the VEE to blaze a route across Australia.

    Hermann Beckler – German doctor and botanist.

    Ludwig Becker – German geologist and naturalist.

    William Wright – Bushman who joined the VEE at Menindee.

    John King – 22-year old ex-soldier. Selected by Burke to be part of the contingent going to the north coast.

    Dick – Aboriginal Guide who accompanied Burke – and then Lyons – to the north.

    Thomas McDonough – VEE member who accompanied Burke and Wills to Cooper’s Creek.

    Charley Gray – VEE member who was selected to go with Burke and Wills to the north coast of Australia.

    Cooper’s Creek – River in central Australia. It is about halfway across the continent if someone is traveling between Melbourne and Gulf of Carpentaria in the north. About 750 miles from Melbourne.

    Menindee – Most northerly outpost on the route of the VEE in their trek across Australia. About 400 miles from Melbourne.

    Gulf of Carpentaria – The most direct route from Victoria to the northern coast of Australia – roughly a 1500 mile journey across the continent.

    Selwyn Range - Rugged mountain range in the interior of Australia that the expedition would need to cross.


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    • 32 min
    The Burke and Wills Expedition - Part 4 - Cooper's Creek

    The Burke and Wills Expedition - Part 4 - Cooper's Creek

    In part 4 of our series, Burke and Wills travel north to Cooper's Creek, where they establish a supply depot. Burke will spend a month scouting the area to the north, before finally departing for the north coast in mid-December. At Menindee, William Wright waits for money to buy more horses so he can haul all the supplies to Burke's new camp. Meanwhile, a policeman, Trooper Myles Lyons, strikes out for Cooper's Creek carrying dispatches for Burke.

    People and Places


    Robert O’Hara Burke – Leader of the Victorian Exploring Expedition (VEE)

    William Wills – British surveyor and astronomer. 2nd-in-command of the expedition.

    Victoria Exploring Expedition (VEE) – The official name of the expedition led by Robert Burke to cross the Australian continent.

    John McDouall Stuart – Scottish explorer who was the chief competitor with the VEE to blaze a route across Australia.

    Hermann Beckler - German doctor and botanist.

    Ludwig Becker - German geologist and naturalist.

    William Wright - Bushman who joined the VEE at Menindee. 

    John King - 22-year old ex-soldier. Selected by Burke to be part of the contingent going to the north coast.

    Trooper Myles Lyons - Policeman from Swan Hill bringing dispatches to Robert Burke. 

    Alexander McPherson - Saddler who would join Lyons and Dick in an attempt to reach Burke at Cooper's Creek.

    William Hodgkinson - Journalist who joined the expedition at Swan Hill.

    Dick - Aboriginal Guide who accompanied Burke - and then Lyons - to the north.

    Peter - Aboriginal Guide who accompanied Hermann Beckler to rescue Lyons and MacPherson.

    Thomas McDonough - VEE member who accompanied Burke and Wills to Cooper's Creek.

    Charley Gray - VEE member who was selected to go with Burke and Wills to the north coast of Australia. 

    Cooper’s Creek – River in central Australia. It is about halfway across the continent if someone is traveling between Melbourne and Gulf of Carpentaria in the north. About 750 miles from Melbourne.

    Menindee - Most northerly outpost on the route of the VEE in their trek across Australia. About 400 miles from Melbourne.

    Gulf of Carpentaria - The most direct route from Victoria to the northern coast of Australia - roughly a 1500 mile journey across the continent.


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    • 42 min
    The Burke and Wills Expedition - Part 3 - Menindee

    The Burke and Wills Expedition - Part 3 - Menindee

    In part 3 of our series, the Victorian Exploring Expedition travels from Melbourne to the frontier outpost of Menindee on the Darling River. Along the way, the VEE will undergo a transformation as many key members will be fired (or resign), and others will join the company. Meanwhile, Robert Burke must dodge an arrest notice, criticism and his own ego to move the VEE forward.

    Map: https://explorerspodcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/map2-1.png

    People and Places


    Robert O’Hara Burke – Leader of the Victorian Exploring Expedition (VEE)

    George Landells – Horse trader who brought 25 camels to Australia, and 2nd-in-command of the VEE. Fired upon reaching Menindee.

    William Wills – British surveyor and astronomer. Named 2nd-in-command of the expedition after the dismissal of George Landells.

    Victoria Exploring Expedition (VEE) – The official name of the expedition led by Robert Burke to cross the Australian continent.

    John McDouall Stuart – Scottish explorer who would be the chief competitor with the VEE to blaze a route across Australia.

    Hermann Beckler - German doctor and botanist. mega at Menindee, but stayed on. 

    Ludwig Becker - German geologist and naturalist.

    William Wright - Bushman who would join Burke at Menindee as a guide. 

    Georg von Neumayer - Professor and member of the Exploration Committee. 

    John King - 22-year old ex-soldier. Came from India with camels. 

    William Hodgkinson - Journalist who joined expedition at Swan Hill. 

    Cooper’s Creek – River in central Australia. It is about halfway across the continent if someone is traveling between Melbourne and Gulf of Carpentaria in the north. About 750 miles from Melbourne.

    Menindee - Most northerly outpost on the route of the VEE in their trek across Australia. About 400 miles from Melbourne.

    Gulf of Carpentaria - The most direct route from Victoria to the northern coast of Australia - roughly a 1500 mile journey across the continent.


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    • 36 min

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345 Ratings

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