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Australian Explorers

Thursday, October 10, 1844. :   On Sturt's final attempt to find the inland sea he still believes exists, he reaches Menindee before heading northwest.

     Explorer Charles Sturt's discovery and traversing of the Murray River filled in crucial information about the nature of the inland rivers. For years after Australia was first settled, men believed the rivers flowed into an inland sea. When Sturt discovered that the Lachlan River led to the Murrumbidgee and the latter to the Murray River which then emptied out at the southern coast, he seemed to solve the mystery of the inland rivers. That is, he solved it to the satisfaction of everyone but himself.

Dissatisfied with Eyre's reports of salt lakes and arid desert in central Australia, Sturt determined to settle the question and find out for himself. He was given permission to explore as far north as latitude 28 degrees, and thus he departed Adelaide in August, 1844. Avoiding the salt lakes north of Adelaide, Sturt headed northeast first, and arrived at Lake Cawndilla, near Menindee in far western New South Wales, on 10 October 1844. From here, he headed northwest again. Sturt discovered no inland sea; he did, however, find much forbidding countryside and desert, and his name lives on in Sturt's Stony Desert.


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Thought For Today
Your mighty deeds, O Lord, make me glad; because of what you have done, I sing for joy.
Psalms 92:4 (c) GNB
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