The Burke and Wills Expedition – Part 7 – The Mount Hopeless Gamble

In Part 7 of our series, Burke, Wills and King make a desperate stab at making for Mount Hopeless. While much closer than Menindee, the three men do not know the way or have accurate directions. Meanwhile, Wright and Brahe meet up, and make for the depot at Cooper's Creek. In Melbourne, the calls for … Continue reading The Burke and Wills Expedition – Part 7 – The Mount Hopeless Gamble

The Burke and Wills Expedition – Part 6 – The Return

In part 6 of our series, Robert Burke and his comrades begin their journey from the northern coast of Australia to the depot at Cooper's Creek. They are low on supplies and their health is waning. Meanwhile, William Wright struggles to get the needed supplies to depot, where the health of William Brahe and his … Continue reading The Burke and Wills Expedition – Part 6 – The Return

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 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