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Burke, Robert O'Hara (1821 - 1861)

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Born: 1821  St Clerans, County Galway, Ireland.  Died: 1861  Australia.
Robert O'Hara Burke was the leader of an expedition which was the first to cross Australia from south to north in 1860-61.

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Born St Clerans, County Galway, Ireland, 1821. Died Coopers Creek, 1861. Educated Woolwich Academy. Lieutenant in a cavalry regiment, Austrian army till 1848; Irish Mounted Constabulary 1848-53; migrated to Australia 1853; acting inspector at Carlsruhe, Victoria police 1853; senior inspector, Beechworth 1854-58; superintendent of police, Castlemaine district 1858-60; led expedition to cross the continent from south to north organised by the Royal Society of Victoria and supported by the government; reached the Gulf of Carpentaria but died of starvation at Coopers Creek on the way back.
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