The Burke and Wills Expedition – Part 8 – The Fate of John King and the Legacy of the VEE

In the final super-sized episode (part 8) of the Burke and Wills Expedition, we take a look at the fate of John King - the last unaccounted for member of the VEE. We then cover the aftermath of the expedition, and look at the legacy of Burke and Wills and Victorian Exploring Expedition. Listen to … Continue reading The Burke and Wills Expedition – Part 8 – The Fate of John King and the Legacy of the VEE

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 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