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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