Michael Dillon, Film maker
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A report from the middle of a mangrove swamp on the edge of the Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland.
This was as close as the Burke and Wills party managed to get to the open ocean.
Then from the edge of the Gulf itself, Jonathan ends his current journey retracing the steps of Burke and Wills. He explains that he will soon return to complete those sections missed due to the flooded roads and heavy rains.
-This is where Burke and Wills arrived, at the Gulf of Carpentaria-- or at least on the other side of these mangroves. Because the mangroves are so thick and the mud so boggy that they couldn't battle their way through and had to stop about 10 kilometers inland. But as Burke said, "At the conclusion of my report, it would be well to say we reached the sea. But we could not obtain a view of the open ocean, although we made every endeavor to do so."
We've made it to the Gulf of Carpentaria. As you know, we've been following the footsteps of Burke and Wills, who walked with their horse and camels up here in 1860. And we've been sending back lots of stories, photographs and films, and sketches about what it was like when Burke and Wills were here and what it's like now, what the changes to the environment have been and how we're going to have to repair the environmental damage over the last 150 years to fix it up for the future.
Now, we haven't been able to cover everything because the rains have been exceptionally heavy this year, and we had to skirt around the really wet areas in order to make it to the gulf. But as the months go by, we'll be feeding you more and more stories, as we can get back to those wet areas, to give you the complete picture. And we look forward to doing that.
Application of Robert O’Hara Burke
Crossing an ancient crater
Crossing the Terrick-Terrick Plains
View from Mt. Hope. Pyramid Hill bearing S. 30W. Sep. 1. 60
Near our camp at Spewah, Sep. 12. 60
Sketch of route from Balranald to Scot's Station, roughly drawn by dead reckoning.
Nord. end of the Pass through the Muntanie Ranges
Small cavity in Mutwanji Gorge with native drawings and impressions
What does it mean to be an explorer?
Camp on the edge of the earthy or mud plains
Jack Thompson farewells the Burke and Wills Environmental Expedition
Dr Paul Sinclair farewells the Burke and Wills Environmental Expedition
Re-Crossing Terrick-Terrick Plains
Re-crossing Mount Hope
The Arumpo Station region, then and now.
Menindee Then and Now
Jack Thompson talks about nardoo
Burke's Tree Then and Now
Wills’s map from Coopers Creek to the Gulf of Carpentaria
Crocodiles Then and Now
Story education resources
Education Public Record Office: Burke and Wills Graphic Exercise
A close look at the Burke and Wills monument reveals much about the way that Burke and Wills were remembered. Images and questions are provided to produce a short essay on the Burke and Wills statue in central Melbourne. VELS History Standard – Level 6
Education State Library of Victoria: Dig, The Burke and Wills Research Gateway
This website provides two education packages allowing learners to engage with a major event in a way that crosses many areas of the curriculum.
The first package provides lesson plans across five major curriculum areas: science, history, English, geography and art. The second package provides lesson plans for VELS Level 4 (Years 5 and 6), designed as an integrated unit across the curriculum.
Education State Library of Victoria: Deforestation in Victoria
Activities, worksheets and resources are provided to explore environmental issues such as deforestation and introduced species. Historical and contemporary maps show the changes in Victoria's forest coverage between 1969 and 1987. VELS Level 5