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McKinlay, John (1819 - 1872)

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Born: 16 August 1819  Sandbank, Argyll, Scotland.  Died: 17 January 1872  South Australia, Australia.
John McKinlay was sent by the South Australian Government to help find the lost expedition party of Burke and Wills (16 August 1961). He and his party discovered the grave of one of the explorers, Charlie Gray. After learning of the fate of the rest of the party, McKinlay’s team set off north. They were extremely lucky to survive the trip supplies ran out almost two months before they arrived on the Queensland coast in August 1962. This trip made McKinlay and his team only the second party to have successfully crossed Australia from south to north. In 1865 McKinlay was sent on an expedition to discover settlement sites in the southern and central Australia.
Some of McKinlay’s papers and diaries are stored at the South Australian Archives and McKinlay's Journal of Exploration in the Interior of Australia can be read on-line at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/13248

Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields.Prepared by: McCarthy, G.J.
Created: 20 October 1993
Modified: 2 August 2006

Published by The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre on ASAPWeb, 1994 - 2007
Originally published 1994-1999 by Australian Science Archives Project, 1999-2006 by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
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