A Journey To Cooper's Creek

Hermann Beckler
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Published

31 August 1989

ISBN

9780522844849

Weight

342g

Size

160mm x 246mm

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Imprint

Miegunyah Press

A Journey To Cooper's Creek

Hermann Beckler
The account of Hermann Beckler, German medical officer and botanical collector with the Burke and Wills expedition, translated and published for the first time.
First-hand accounts of the myth-laden Burke and Wills expedition are remarkably few, in contrast to the reams of subsequent commentary and conjecture. Wills's journal and statements by others in the party were published at the time, but little more.
Hermann Beckler, botanical collector and doctor to the expedition, wrote the only other substantial account, in his native German. The manuscript remained with his family for nearly a century. It is now published for the first time.
This highly readable account, with drawings and maps, offers insights into the causes of the expedition's failure—an ill-chosen leader and route, and inappropriate and excessive supplies. In increasingly desperate conditions Beckler collected and identified the native flora, and recorded vivid and positive descriptions of the landscape and the Aboriginal people. His acute observations indicate what might have been achieved had the expedition pursued its scientific brief.
First-hand accounts of the myth-laden Burke and Wills expedition are remarkably few, in contrast to the reams of subsequent commentary and conjecture. Wills's journal and statements by others in the party were published at the time, but little more.
Hermann Beckler, botanical collector and doctor to the expedition, wrote the only other substantial account, in his native German. The manuscript remained with his family for nearly a century. It is now published for the first time.
This highly readable account, with drawings and maps, offers insights into the causes of the expedition's failure—an ill-chosen leader and route, and inappropriate and excessive supplies. In increasingly desperate conditions Beckler collected and identified the native flora, and recorded vivid and positive descriptions of the landscape and the Aboriginal people. His acute observations indicate what might have been achieved had the expedition pursued its scientific brief.

Hermann Beckler

Dr Stephen Jeffries has researched a number of German travellers and settlers in nineteenth-century Australia.

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