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Author McCann, Douglas Andrew, 1948-

Title Burke & Wills : the scientific legacy of the Victorian exploring expedition / edited by E.B. Joyce and D.A. McCann
Published Collingwood, Vic. : CSIRO Publishing, 2011


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  994.03 Joy/Baw  AVAILABLE
Description xxiv, 343 pages : colour illustrations, maps, colour portraits ; 26 cm
Contents Conflicting priorities : exploration, science, politics and personal ambition / Doug McCann and Bernie Joyce -- William John Wills as a scientist / Frank Leahy -- The botanical legacy of Ferdinand Mueller and Hermann Beckler / Linden Gillbank -- Zoology : an encounter with the fauna of Australia's unique arid environment. Introduction / Bernard Mace ; Mammals / Peter W. Menkhorst ; Birds / Rory O'Brien and Craig Robertson ; Reptiles / Bernard Mace ; Fishes / Bernard Mace ; Insects and other invertebrates / Alan L. Yen -- Hydrologic insights of inland Australia / C.R. Lawrence -- Meteorology : a remarkable set of early inland observations / John A.T. Bye -- The space between : Aboriginal people, the Victorian Exploring Expedition and the relief parties / Harry Allen -- Conclusion : rewriting history / Doug McCann and Bernie Joyce -- Appendixes. Timeline of principal events / Doug McCann ; Expedition personnel / Doug McCann ; Biographies of the principal scientists / Dave Phoenix ; Instructions to the leader and scientific officers ; The art of the Victorian Exploring Expedition / Elizabeth Ninnis
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 center 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." -- back cover
Analysis Australian
Modern history (c 1788-1914) (Australasia, Australasia, Australia)
Modern history (c 1788-1914) (Australasia,Australasia,Australia)
Natural history - general (Australasia, Australasia, Australia)
Natural history - general (Australasia,Australasia,Australia)
Notes Maps on endpapers
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Audience Tertiary/Undergraduate, General
Notes Also issued in electronic version via EBL ebooks online
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Subject Bullenjani
M. B., active 18th century.
Beckler, Hermann, 1828-1914.
Burke, Robert O'Hara, 1821-1861.
Mueller, Ferdinand von, 1825-1896.
Wills, William John, 1834-1861.
Burke and Wills Expedition -- Influence
Royal Society of Victoria
Burke and Wills Expedition (1860-1861) -- Influence.
Burke and Wills Expedition (1860-1861)
Aboriginal Australians.
Desert animals -- Australia.
Desert ecology -- Australia.
Discoveries in geography.
Discoveries in science -- Australia.
Ethnology -- Australia -- History.
Midcoast Water
Natural history -- Australia -- History.
Natural history -- Australia.
Science -- Australia -- History.
Scientific expeditions -- Australia.
Australia -- Discovery and exploration.
Australia -- Description and travel.
Australia -- Discovery and exploration.
Author Joyce, Edmund Bernard, 1934- editor
McCann, Douglas Andrew, 1948- editor
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (Australia)
LC no. 2012453059
ISBN 0643103325 (hbk)
9780643103320 (hbk)
Other Titles Burke and Wills