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Sturt of the Murray: father of Australian exploration.

Author: Michael Langley
Publisher: London, Hale, 1969.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this biography of the man whom Australian regard with particularly deep respect and admiration, this book traces Sturt's early life from its early influences in Dorset, where the Sturts were an old landowning family. From his severely reduced financial inheritance we follow his military career, which sent him to Australia, and his dedication to solving the mysteries of the outback. His great journey up the Murray  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Langley, Michael, 1933-
Sturt of the Murray.
London, Hale, 1969
(OCoLC)556338115
Named Person: Charles Sturt; Charles Sturt; Charles Sturt
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Langley
ISBN: 0709109261 9780709109266
OCLC Number: 112000
Description: 272 pages 12 plates, illustrations, facsimiles, maps, portraits 23 cm
Contents: Early life and a strange assignment --
Terra Australis incognita --
Conflicts and personalities --
The Darling discovered --
Down the Murray to the sea --
and back --
Norfolk Island and the end of a career --
Thomas Mitchell and 'Australia Felix' --
Year of blindness and frustration --
Last day in New South Wales --
The foundation of South Australia --
Overlander to Adelaide --
The unhappy bureaucrat --
A sea of dreams --
Climax and disappointment --
Years of fruition --
the long twilight.

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In this biography of the man whom Australian regard with particularly deep respect and admiration, this book traces Sturt's early life from its early influences in Dorset, where the Sturts were an old landowning family. From his severely reduced financial inheritance we follow his military career, which sent him to Australia, and his dedication to solving the mysteries of the outback. His great journey up the Murray in a small whaleboat in terrible conditions caused the blindness which was to afflict him in varying degrees for the rest of his life. We see here how he constantly struggled with bureaucratic indifference and lack of recognition by the British Government until it was too late ; and we are given some insight into the man whose special qualities of humanity and forbearance brought him the less official but more substantial reward of the gratitude of countless Europeans and aborigines.

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