Journal Of An Overland Expedition In Australia, By Ludwig Leichhardt




















































































































 -  The Burdekin,
which has befriended us so much by its direct course and constant stream,
already for more than two - Page 230
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The Burdekin, Which Has Befriended Us So Much By Its Direct Course And Constant Stream, Already For More Than Two Degrees Of Latitude And Two Of Longitude, Has Not Always Furnished Us With The Most Convenient Camps For Procuring Water.

The banks generally formed steep slopes descending into a line of hollows parallel to the river, and thickly covered

With a high stiff grass; and then another steep bank covered with a thicket of drooping tea-trees, rose at the water's edge; and, if the descent into the bed of the river was more easy, the stream frequently was at the opposite side, and we had to walk several hundred yards over a broad sheet of loose sand, which filled our mocassins, when going to wash. At present, the river is narrower, and I have chosen my camp twice on its dry sandy bed, under the shade of Casuarinas and Melaleucas, the stream being there comparatively easy of access, and not ten yards off. Many unpleasant remarks had been made by my companions at my choice of camping places; but, although I suffered as much inconvenience as they did, I bore it cheerfully, feeling thankful to Providence for the pure stream of water with which we were supplied every night. I had naturally a great antipathy against comfort-hunting and gourmandizing, particularly on an expedition like ours; on which we started with the full expectation of suffering much privation, but which an Almighty Protector had not only allowed us to escape hitherto, but had even supplied us frequently with an abundance - in proof of which we all got stronger and improved in health, although the continued riding had rather weakened our legs.

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