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

The Burke and Wills Expedition – Part 1 – Australia, the Royal Society of Victoria and Robert Burke

The first episode in the Burke and Wills Expedition series provides background to the endeavor - which was an expedition to cross Australia in 1860-61. We are introduced to the organizers of the expedition - Royal Society of Victoria - and its eventual leader, Robert Burke. Listen to this episode online. Download this episode. (mp3 … Continue reading The Burke and Wills Expedition – Part 1 – Australia, the Royal Society of Victoria and Robert Burke

Hanno the Navigator

Between 400-600 BCE, Hanno the Navigator of Carthage, conducted an epic voyage down the west coast of Africa - sailing more than 4,000 miles - reaching all the way to modern-day Gabon. It is one of the earliest recorded voyages of discovery. Listen to this episode online. Download this episode. (mp3 file) Explorers on iTunes … Continue reading Hanno the Navigator

Vladimir Atlasov and the Exploration of Kamchatka

In this episode, Cossack Vladimir Atlasov explores the Kamchatka Peninsula in the late 1690s - claiming it for the Russian Empire. Listen to this episode online. Download this episode. (mp3 file) Explorers on iTunes Resources There are not a lot of sources on Vladimir Atlasov. Below are the items that I was able to draw … Continue reading Vladimir Atlasov and the Exploration of Kamchatka