Sir Thomas Mitchell’s First Expedition (1831-1832)

Sir Thomas Mitchell's First Expedition 1831-1832 showing course drawn by Mr John Read (2011) Photographed by Emeritus Professor John Fryer.
The course of Sir Thomas Mitchell’s First Expedition 1831-1832 drawn by Mr John Read (2011) Photographed by Emeritus Professor John Fryer.

Mr John Read and Mr Barry Spratt are both retired surveyors in New South Wales. John Read has field researched all of Sir Thomas Mitchell’s expeditions and has given his permission for the University of Newcastle (Australia) Cultural Collections to provide some of this work to the wider research community through the Coal River Working Party.

He has coursed the route taken of Sir Thomas Mitchell’s first expedition in search of the inland sea. It was documented by Mitchell in his work Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia in the chapter “Journey in Search of the Kindur, in 1831 and 1832.”

You can read the account in full here: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/12928/12928-h/12928-h.htm

Along with the images of the maps showing the day by day course that Mitchell’s party travelled, John Read has also provided some notes describing how he worked with Mitchell’s original field-notes and journal.

View:  John Read’s “Criteria for Determining the Route of Major Mitchell’s Expeditions” (1.9MB PDF File)

Emeritus Professor John Fryer and Gionni Di Gravio
February 2015


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