Journals Of Expeditions Of Discovery Into Central Australia And Overland From Adelaide To King George's Sound In The Years 1840-1: Sent By The Colonists Of South Australia By Eyre, Edward John
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Natives Who, From Infancy, Have Been Accustomed To Travel Through Arid
Regions, Can Remain Any Length Of Time Out In A Country Where There Are
No Indications Of Water.
The circumstance of natives being seen, in
travelling through an unknown district, is therefore no proof of the
existence of water in their vicinity.
I have myself observed, that no
part of the country is so utterly worthless, as not to have attractions
sufficient occasionally to tempt the wandering savage into its recesses.
In the arid, barren, naked plains of the north, with not a shrub to
shelter him from the heat, not a stick to burn for his fire (except what
he carried with him), the native is found, and where, as far as I could
ascertain, the whole country around appeared equally devoid of either
animal or vegetable life. In other cases, the very regions, which, in the
eyes of the European, are most barren and worthless, are to the native
the most valuable and productive. Such are dense brushes, or sandy tracts
of country, covered with shrubs, for here the wallabie, the opossum, the
kangaroo rat, the bandicoot, the leipoa, snakes, lizards, iguanas, and
many other animals, reptiles, birds, etc., abound; whilst the kangaroo,
the emu, and the native dog, are found upon their borders, or in the
vicinity of those small, grassy plains, which are occasionally met with
amidst the closest brushes.
HORSES BEGIN TO KNOCK UP - COMPELLED TO FOLLOW ROUND THE BEACH - TINOR PONY
UNABLE TO PROCEED - GLOOMY PROSPECTS - OVERSEER BEGINS TO DESPOND - TWO MORE
HORSES LEFT BEHIND - FRAGMENTS OF WRECKS - WATER ALL CONSUMED - COLLECT
DEW - CHANGE IN CHARACTER OF COUNTRY - DIG A WELL - PROCURE WATER - NATIVE
AND FAMILY VISIT US - OVERSEER GOES BACK FOR BAGGAGE - DISASTROUS
TERMINATION OF HIS JOURNEY - SITUATION AND PROSPECTS OF THE PARTY.
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