Journals Of Two Expeditions Into The Interior Of New South Wales, 1817-18 - By John Oxley

 -  The only one which I contemplated in a serious
point of view, was the probable want of water until we - Page 200
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The Only One Which I Contemplated In A Serious Point Of View, Was The Probable Want Of Water Until We Came In Contact With High Land, And I Hoped This Might Be Partially Provided Against By Mr. Evans's Expedition.

The horses were all in good condition, and, from the length of time I expected to be absent, the

Baggage would be reduced to the smallest possible compass, and the cooper would have time to diminish the pork casks, which were far too heavy for the horses, being intended for boats only; for it had not been contemplated that the nature of the country would so soon deprive us of water carriage.

July 2. - I proceeded down the river, during one of the wettest and most stormy days we had yet experienced. About twenty miles from where I set out, there was, properly speaking, no country; the river overflowing its banks, and dividing into streams which I found had no permanent separation from the main branch, but united themselves to it on a multitude of points. We went seven or eight miles farther, when we stopped for the night upon a space of ground scarcely large enough to enable us to kindle a fire. The principal stream ran with great rapidity, and its banks and neighbourhood, as far as we could see, were covered with wood, encreasing us within a margin or bank. Vast spaces of country clear of timber were under water, and covered with the common reed [Note: Arundo phragmites.

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