New book on the Ernest Giles 1875 expedition

Submitted: Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 at 08:39
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Hi folks a new book has been published about the the Giles 1875 expedition from Port Augusta, Queen Victoria Spring, New Norcia then Perth.

Lesley and Michael Booker have retraced the route and written up their findings.





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Reply By: 1952 - Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 at 14:51

Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 at 14:51
On my wish list.
The early European explorers did it tough .. not always easy today to follow in their tracks
$40 plus postage seems more than reasonable for the obvious effort that has gone into the preparation of this book.
Just need my wife and/or children to take the hint!
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Follow Up By: Phil B (WA) - Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 at 16:52

Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 at 16:52
Got mine today - awesome book - lots of history and brilliant photos of all of the plants and animals Giles mentioned in his journal.
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Reply By: Mick O - Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 at 19:01

Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 at 19:01
How did they go with their route retracing Phil. Did they find much 'undiscovered' and new stuff along the way?

I'll order it immediately.

Thanks for the heads up.

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Follow Up By: Phil B (WA) - Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 at 06:10

Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 at 06:10
Hi Mick
I haven't read it yet (204 pages A4) so can't say either way.

However Lesley Brooker methodically goes through the traverse day by day and searches out the mentioned plants collected by Young she also describes/shows photos of historical sites along the way. Extensive map extracts are used as well as historical photographs.

Its a great book and an interesting way to revisit an exploration route ie via the plants collected as well as the usual method of historical landmarks.

By the way Lesley has produced three orevoious books along the same lines - see Brooker books

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