Madigan Camp 13 - NT

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DEG: -24.645885 137.369751
DMS: 24º 38' 45.19" S 137º 22' 11.1" E
UTM: 53 J 7272193mN 739857mE
Altitude: 112.14m


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Simpson NT 0872
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Camp 13 was the site of the 2nd last national radio broadcast Jun 21, 1939. They had rehearsed previously with Andy a traditional song routine which he grew into with great gusto! Unfortunately with the actual broadcast Andy became increasingly self-conscious and the performance lacked the fire of previous renditions, but Madigan still felt it went over very well. Andy was probably the first full blood blackfella to speak to the nation.

Madigan’s Camp sites are references to explorer and geologist Cecil Thomas Madigan who, leading a party of nine men made an epic crossing of the North Simpson Desert, by camels, in 1939. Madigan took 35 days to make his west/east crossing.

Madigan's Camp sites were all marked with small plaques on yellow painted star pickets in 1994 by Owen Correa Outback Expeditions. These day's 4WD explorers have begun to retrace Madigan's route of this 1939 expedition - thereby following Madigan's Line. It's is done from west to east due to the steep eastern sides of the dunes until you get to about Camp 15, which is on the Hay River Track.

Note that the Madigan Camps are not necessarily indicative of good camp sites for travellers, but are historical points from C.T. Madigan 1939 Expedition.
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Closest Weather Station

Bedourie at 29/09:00am EST
Distance from Madigan Camp 13 214.87km E
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Closest Climatic Station

Bedourie Police Station
Distance from Madigan Camp 13 214.87km E
Mean Max. °C39.038.135.332.026.422.622.925.930.533.936.538.3
Mean Min. °C24.824.221.517.311.
Mean Rain mm32.835.127.29.711.79.511.26.97.914.116.916.9

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