The Burke and Wills Expedition – Part 4 – Cooper’s Creek

In part 4 of our series, Burke and Wills travel north to Cooper's Creek, where they establish a supply depot. Burke will spend a month scouting the area, before finally departing for the north coast in mid-December. At Menindee, William Wright waits for money to buy more horses so he can haul all the supplies … Continue reading The Burke and Wills Expedition – Part 4 – Cooper’s Creek

The Burke and Wills Expedition – Part 3 – Menindee

In part 3 of our series, the Victorian Exploring Expedition travels from Melbourne to the frontier outpost of Menindee on the Darling River. Along the way, the VEE will undergo a transformation as many key members will be fired (or resign), and others will join the company. Meanwhile, Robert Burke must dodge an arrest notice, criticism … Continue reading The Burke and Wills Expedition – Part 3 – Menindee

The Burke and Wills Expedition – Part 2 – Preparation and Departure

In part 2 of our series, Robert Burke and the Exploration Committee hire men for the Victorian Exploring Expedition (VEE), including William Wills - who will serve the expedition's surveyor, meteorologist, and astronomer. The VEE, consisting of 19 men, 26 camels, 23 horse, six wagons, and 200 tons of supplies, then prepares to depart Melbourne … Continue reading The Burke and Wills Expedition – Part 2 – Preparation and Departure