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In His Own Words: Dr Hermann Beckler’s Writings about His Journeys between the Darling River and Bulloo, 1860–1 (2016)


This essay introduces eight reports by Dr Hermann Beckler of the nineteenth-century Victorian Exploring Expedition (better known as the Burke & Wills Expedition) from the State Library of Victoria, the Argus newspaper and a German publication. Together, their detail reflects the complexity of the Expedition. Many are also hand-written manuscripts in nineteenth-century script that are difficult to decipher. In Beckler's own words, the reports range from descriptions of the landscape and his journeys, to the plants he observed and collected, and a meteorological report. The detailed medical reports about his return journey to Bulloo provide extensive insight into the grievous suffering of the men (four deaths) in the drought stricken summer of the semi-arid desert north of the Darling River. After he returned home to Bavaria, Beckler published a second medical report on the same subject, translated here by Thomas Darragh.

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Authors & Contributors
Duyker, Edward
Lugg, Desmond J.
Quilty, Patrick G.
West-Sooby, John
Moore, D. T.
Beckler, Hermann
Historical Records of Australian Science
Archives of Natural History
Mitteilungen der Berliner Gesellschaft für Anthropologie Ethnologie und Urgeschichte
Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage
Wakefield Press
Jan Thorbecke Verlag
The Miegunyah Press
Australian Antarctic Division
Pickering & Chatto
CSIRO Publishing
Scientific expeditions
Travel; exploration
Indigenous peoples; indigeneity
Baudin, Nicolas
Beckler, Hermann
Lesueur, Charles Alexander
Flinders, Matthew
Brown, Robert
Eylmann, Erhard
Oceanic Islands
19th century
18th century
20th century
21st century
20th century, early
Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions
The Friends of Photography

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