Posts Tagged ‘john mcdouall stuart

Where it all began — but when?

Nov 08, 2010 | 1 Comment

Where it all began -- but when?

For a place so deeply soaked in human story, Alice’s Old Telegraph Station still exudes an atmosphere of peace and serenity. Is it just the location — on the banks of the meandering Todd, with a waterhole nearby, the grassy banks blessed by shady gums and a sense of cool respite even on the hottest summer day? The park-like banks have of course been cultivated for many decades, but the reserve has much more to it. Its  spell begins at the top of the hill over the Charles Creek cross...Read more

Where’s Mr Stuart?

Jun 01, 2010 | Discuss

Where's Mr Stuart?

Taken from John McDouall Stuart’s journals on his journey through the Centre 150 years ago On the first day of June Stuart and his men encountered a pleasant surprise in the form of “splendid large gum creek or river” on their course through the Davenport Range. The creek was more than 200 metres or “ten chains” wide, with “long and deep reaches of water with fish four or five inches in length.” Stuart (according to the journals) named the river Bonney C...Read more

Where’s Mr Stuart?

Mar 30, 2010 | Discuss

Where's Mr Stuart?

By Stuart Traynor Tuesday 30 March 2010 Week 5of the expedition, 30 March-5 April 1860 Crossing the SA/NT border and heading towards the Finke River After travelling along the western side of the Bagot Range, Stuart, Kekwick and Head camp the night of 30 March at a river with long deep waterholes containing fish, mussels and crabs. Stuart names it the Stevenson. (Since crossing the Neales River, they’ve been travelling a fair bit west of the road which now runs between the townships of Finke a...Read more

Where’s Mr Stuart?

Mar 23, 2010 | Discuss

Where's Mr Stuart?

Stuart Traynor on the trail of John McDouall Stuart, 150 years ago finds Stuart, Kekwick and Head between the Neales and the Hamilton rivers, north-west of Oodnadatta The country is becoming more thickly vegetated as they move north. On the western side of Lake Eyre they’d crossed featureless gibber plains with saltbush and grass. But now on 23rd, 24th and 25th March they have to get through some thick patches of mulga scrub which tears their packs and saddlebags. Getting across the north bran...Read more

Where’s Mr Stuart?

Mar 15, 2010 | Discuss

Where's Mr Stuart?

By Stuart Traynor Week 3 of the expedition, 16-22 March 1860 Crossing the Peake Creek and then the Neales River, near Oodnadatta On 16 March they are able to get the horses safely across the flooded Peake Creek. However, it takes them from 10 am until 3.30 pm, mainly because Kekwick’s horse Billy gets bogged and they spend hours trying to extricate him. This proves impossible and so they reluctantly leave him. They camp at some mound springs nearby which Stuart names Kekwick Springs. It begins...Read more

Where’s Mr Stuart?

Mar 08, 2010 | Discuss

Where's Mr Stuart?

Stuart Traynor’s weekly catch-up with John McDouall Stuart as he made his way to Central Australia 150  years ago East of the Davenport Range, south-east of Oodnadatta The three explorers spend this week on the eastern side of the Davenport Range. It was here that Stuart had surveyed a pastoral run before Christmas for Philip Levi, the Adelaide merchant and friend of Stuart’s backers Chambers and Finke. Until the Overland Telegraph Line is built in 1870-1872, the Mount Margaret run will...Read more

Stuart on the move, mound by mound

Mar 02, 2010 | Discuss

Stuart on the move, mound by mound

Stuart Traynor following the trail of John McDouall Stuart, who became the first white man to reach Central Australia exactly 150 years ago. Perhaps the major reason for his success was Stuart’s ability to find water: Where’s Mr Stuart? Travelling north, following the line of mound springs west of Lake Eyre Stuart, Kekwick and Head leave Chambers Creek on 2 March 1860 with 13 horses. It is very hot and dry. Little do they realise that within a week the skies will open up and they will ha...Read more

Where’s Mr Stuart?

Feb 24, 2010 | Discuss

Where's Mr Stuart?

A regular update on what explorer John McDouall Stuart was doing exactly 150 years ago, with Alice Springs historian STUART TRAYNOR. Where’s Mr Stuart? Camped in a stone hut at Chambers Creek (now Stuart Creek) which runs into Lake Eyre South Stuart has spent the hot summer months of November, December and January in the vicinity of Mount Margaret, part of the Davenport Range south of Oodnadatta. He was sent there by James Chambers and William Finke to survey some proposed leases for Philip Le...Read more