Geographic travels in central Australia from 1872 to 1874 by Ernest Giles

Geographic travels in central Australia from 1872 to 1874

byErnest Giles

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 Excerpt: ... ponds, where the reeds opened in the channel, and we flushed up several flocks of ducks. It appeared to me, that the water was at a rather low.ebb; for, although there had been rain enough to start young grass and new herbage, yet not nearly sufficient to flood any creeks had fallen, for not one of the branch-creeks, which ran into Birthday-Creek, had the slightest appearance of having been flooded for years, nor was there a drop in the large holes at our first camp on that ereek, which if filled would probably hold for a year; therefore I think I saw this region by no means at its best--that was the opinion I formed upon the spot; at all events I thought it high time that such a locality should be no longer nameless, I therefore christened it upon the spot--" The Ferdinand Chain," after my best and kindest friend, Baron von Mueller, a principal subscriber to the fund for my expedition, and who furnished also many of the instruments. I have since discovered, that it was seen from a distance and named by Mr. Gosse the Musgrave Ranges. The watercourse, which commences its existence here and ends perhaps far away, I have named "The Ferdinand;" and the glen where I now am, and through which it leaves its parent hills, I have named "Glen Ferdinand." The glen extended nearly five miles; and, where it ended, the water ceased to show upon the surface. At the end of the water we encamped, and I do not remember any day's work during my life, which gave me more pleasure than this; for I trust it will be believed that--' The proud desire of sowing broad the germs of lasting worth Shall challenge give to scornful laugh of careless sons of earth. Though mirth deride the pilgrim-feet that tread the desert plain, The thought that cheers me onward is--I have not lived in v...

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Title:Geographic travels in central Australia from 1872 to 1874Format:PaperbackDimensions:122 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.26 inPublished:February 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217838472

ISBN - 13:9780217838474

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