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Author McCann, DA

Title Burke & Wills : the scientific legacy of the Victorian exploring expedition / edited by E. B. Joyce and D. A. McCann
Published Melbourne : CSIRO Publishing, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (369 pages)
Contents Chapter 1 Conflicting priorities: exploration, science, politics andpersonal ambition -- Chapter 2 William John Wills as scientist -- Chapter 3 Geology, soils and landscapes of the expedition route -- Chapter 4 The botanical legacy of Ferdinand Mueller andHermann Beckler -- Chapter 5 Zoology: an encounter with the fauna of Australia's uniquearid environment; Introduction; Mammals; Birds; Reptiles; Fishes; Insects and other invertebrates -- Chapter 6 Hydrologic insights of inland Australia -- Chapter 7 Meteorology: a remarkable set of early inland observations -- Chapter 8 The space between: Aboriginal people, the Victorian ExploringExpedition and the relief parties -- Chapter 9 Conclusion: rewriting history -- Appendixes -- Timeline of principal events -- Expedition personnel -- Biographies of the principal scientists; Instructions to the leader and scientific officers -- The art of the Victorian Exploring Expedition -- Index
Summary This book challenges the common assumption that little or nothing of scientific value was achieved during the Burke and Wills expedition. The Royal Society of Victoria initiated the Victorian Exploring Expedition as a serious scientific exploration of the hitherto unexplored centre of Australia. Members of the expedition were sent 10 pages of detailed instructions on scientific measurements and observations to be carried out, covering about a dozen areas of science. The tragic ending of the expedition meant that the results of the scientific investigations were not reported or published. Burke and Wills: The Scientific Legacy of the Victorian Exploring Expedition rectifies this historic omission.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Burke, Robert O'Hara, 1821-1861.
Wills, William John, 1834-1861.
Burke and Wills Expedition (1860-1861) -- Influence.
Australia -- Discovery and exploration.
Form Electronic book
Author Joyce, Edmund Bernard, 1934-
McCann, Douglas Andrew, 1948-
ISBN 9780643103337