The Royal Geographical Society of Australasia. South Australian Branch. Explorations in the Northern Territory of South Australia [cover title]. David LINDSAY.

The Royal Geographical Society of Australasia. South Australian Branch. Explorations in the Northern Territory of South Australia [cover title]

Adelaide, H.F. Leader, Government Printer [for the RGSSA], 1888.

Octavo, 16 pages plus the title-wrappers.

Wrappers very lightly marked on the outside of the plain rear panel; essentially a fine copy.

This rare pamphlet contains an account of Lindsay's 'Arnheim's Land Explorations in 1883', but it primarily concerns a more recent expedition, 'a private one, fitted out at my own expense'. The 'Australian Dictionary of Biography' has the following to say about these series of explorations by David Lindsay: 'In 1883 the South Australian government commissioned him to explore the central and eastern part of Arnheim's (Arnhem) Land; his party survived fierce attacks by Aborigines, one group numbering 300. In 1885-86 he took seven men and twelve camels from Hergott Springs to the Gulf of Carpentaria, tracing the Finke River to its mouth and seeking information about Ludwig Leichhardt. Lindsay surveyed the country between the overland telegraph line and the Queensland border, explored the MacDonnell Ranges, made a brief foray into the Simpson Desert, and spent six months in the country between Lake Nash and Powell's Creek'. This account first appeared in the Proceedings of the RGSSA, Volume 2, Third Session, 1887-8; the title-wrappers and pagination are new to this separate issue. Ferguson 11653; McLaren 12608.

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