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Report on the Work Horn Scientific Expedition; Central Australia free pdf Excerpt from Report on the Work Horn Scientific Expedition- Central Australia: Part 1. Introduction, Narrative, Summary of Results, Supplement to Zoological Report, Map The scientific exploration of Central Australia, more particularly that portion known as the McDonnell Ranges, had for many years been desired by the leading scientific men in Australia, some of whom hold the opinion that when the rest of the continent was submerged the elevated portions of the McDonnell Range existed as an island, and that consequently older forms of life might be found in the more inaccessible parts. Travellers' tales also of the manners and customs of the natives, and the varieties of plants and animal life in these remote regions, had aroused a widespread interest, and at the solicitation of a few scientific friends I resolved to organise and equip a party, composed of scientific men, to throughly explore this belt of country. The proposition was received with great favour in Australia, and numerous applications were made, and even premiums altered, by gentlemen anxious to join the Expedition. The failure, however of previous Expeditions made it necessary to exercise great care in the selection of the various members, so as to avoid the disasters, in the shape of internal dissensions, which had wrecked the others. In order to secure the services of the best men in Australia I decided to make it a semi-national undertaking, and to this end invitations were extended to the Premiers of the principal Colonies, asking them to nominate scientific representatives. The Premiers of the Colonies of Victoria, New South Wales, and South Australia responded most cordially. Victoria, partly through the generous influence of Lord Hopetoun, nominated Professor Balwin Spencer, of the Melbourne University. New South Wales nominated Mr. J. Alexander Watt, of the Sydney University, and South Australia nominated Professor Ralph Tate, F.L.S. and Dr. Edward Striling, F.R.S., both of the Adelaide University. Mr. C. A. Winnecke, F.R.G.S., was chosen as the surveyor and meteorologist, and the fact that, in addition to piloting the party to such points as they wished to visit, this gentlemen traversed and plotted about 27,000 square miles of country, and also made a series of valuable meteorological observations, speaks for itself. The general public were for some time under the impression that the Expedition was going out in search of gold. They could not understand a body of scientific gentlemen going into a desert country, giving up their time and services, and submitting to all the dangers, discomforts and hardships attendant upon the life for any other reason. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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Author : Baldwin Spencer
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1330446879
EAN : 9781330446874
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 268 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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