Marine Survey of Northern Territory

Adelaide, Government Printer, 1865.

Foolscap folio, 9 pages.

Recent cloth with titling on the front cover; a fine copy.

South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 84 of 1865. A comprehensive report (dated 9 September 1865 on HM Surveying Schooner 'Beatrice' at sea) of Howard's activities since his last letter, which internal evidence suggests was around 13 May 1865, when he embarked the Government Resident, Boyle Travers Finniss, at Escape Cliffs, Adam Bay. After ascending the Adelaide River, he sailed to Limmen Bight in the Gulf of Carpentaria. On his return to Escape Cliffs, he spent several weeks assisting the activities of the main camp and carrying out essential maintenance, before leaving for the south-west coast. Around the middle of August, Howard and Finniss discovered and named the Daly River, and continued on to the Western Australian border, before returning to Escape Cliffs. He wrote that 'We have now seen the whole coast south-west from Adam Bay to the boundary and also several detached pieces along the coast to the eastward, and I must confess, without seeing any place superior or more adapted for a first settlement than the Adelaide River, with, perhaps, Port Darwin as a sea port'.

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