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Bibliography of published material about Burke and Wills

[The] Age [Melbourne]

Victorian Exploring Expedition: diary of Burke and Wills, Journal of Howitt and narrative of King.
The Age Office, Melbourne, 1861. Two editions.

 
[The] Argus [Melbourne]

The Burke and Wills Expedition: an account of the crossing of the Continent of Australia, from Cooper's Creek to Carpentaria.
Reprinted from The Argus, Melbourne. Wilson & Mackinnon. Four editions printed in 1861 and one edition printed in 1862. Reprinted in 1963 by the "Libraries Board of South Australia".

Supplementary pamphlet to the Burke and Wills Exploration Expedition: containing the evidence taken before the Commission of Inquiry appointed by Government. With Portraits of John King and Charles Gray.
Reprinted from The Argus, Melbourne. Wilson and Mackinnon, 1861.

 
Attwood, Alan.

Burke's Soldier.
Camberwell, Victoria. Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2003. ISBN 0 670 04036 3.

 

Australian Film Investment Co.

An investment project giving investors an opportunity to invest in an Australian film.
Melbourne, Australian Film Investment Corporation, 1985. 18pages.

 
Baker, William A Tribute to the Memory of Burke and Wills.
Sydney, Not dated, c.1862.
Broadside news-sheet with poems.
 

Barkly, Sir Henry

Anniversary Address 1861.
In Transcripts and proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, Vol 6, 1861-1862.

Dispatch from Governor Sir H. Barkly to the Duke of Newcastle,21st August, 1862.
In Royal Geographic Society Journal, Volume 33, 1863.

 

Bean C E W

The 'Dreadnought' of the Darling.
London, Alston Rivers. 1st published 1911, 2nd edition 1916. Reprinted 1956.

 
Beckler, Hermann

A Journey To Cooper's Creek. Edited and translated by Stephen Jefferies.
ISBN 0 522 84484 7 Melbourne University Press 1993.

 
Bergin, Tom

In The Steps of Burke & Wills.
ISBN 0 642 97413 6 Australian Broadcasting Commission, Sydney. 1981.

Across the Outback.
In Readers Digest Travels and Adventure Series. ISBN 0864490194
Surry Hills, Readers Digest 1996.
 

Berry, W

Men of Grit.
London, The Boy's Own Paper Office, Not dated, circa 1916.
Chapter 4 - The story of Burke and Wills.

 
Blanchen, B J

Melbourne to Menindie - A tourist approach to the diary of Ludwig Becker.
Melbourne, SLV (Blanchen Publisher), 1978.

 

Bonyhady, Tim

Burke & Wills - From Melbourne to myth.
Hong Kong, David Ell Press, 1991. ISBN 0 908197 91 8

Burke & Wills - From Melbourne to myth
(Catalogue to accompany exhibition).
Canberra, National Library of Australia, 2002 ISBN 0 642 10748 3.

 

Bourne, George

Bourne's Journal of Landsborough's expedition from Carpentaria in search of Burke and Wills.
Melbourne, H T Dwight / F. F. Bailliere, 1862.

 

Brahe, William

With Burke and Wills - A Survivor's Memories.
In The Argus, Melbourne, 27th August 1910.

 
Clarke, Cuthbert Charles.
AKA Clarke Ismer
Illustrations to the Diaries of Burke & Wills Expedition to Carpentaria.
Melbourne, De Gruchy & Leigh, 1861. 8 bound tinted lithographs.
Reprinterd in 1870.
 

Clune, Frank

Dig - A drama of Central Australia, Illustrated from photographs by the author.
Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 1937. ISBN 0 207 14413 3

Dig - A drama of Central Australia. (AKA "Dig - The Burke & Wills Saga").
Sydney, Angus and Robertson, First edition 1944. Second edition 1951.
Dig - The Tragic Story of the Burke and Wills Expedition.
Sydney, Pacific Books, 1971. Angus and Robertson, Melbourne & London, 1976.

The Incredible Outback Adventures of Burke and Wills.
ISBN0 207 12103 6 Angus & Robertson, London & Sydney 1971 (Reprint 1984).

With O'Hara Burke to the Gulf.
In Walkabout, Volume 4 1937-8, 1st March 1938. Melbourne ANTA.

 

Collier, Roger

"The Lake Massacre Expedition."
In The Walker (Formerly The Melbourne Walker) Volume 56, 1985, Melbourne, Melbourne Walking Club, 1985.

 

Colwell, Max

The Journey of Burke and Wills.
1st Edition, Sydney, Paul Hamlyn, 1971 and New York, Hamlyn, 1971.
2nd Edition, Sydney, Landsdowne Press, 1985. ISBN 0 600 04137 9

 

Corke, David

Partners in Disaster - The story of Burke and Wills.
Sydney, Nelson (Young Australia Series) 1985. ISBN 0170064964 (0170054497 - Series).

Riddles in the Sand
In Geographical Magazine, Volume 63, Number 12 pp 36-41. London, 1991.

Where did they bury Charlie Gray ?
In Victorian Historical Journal, Volume 65, Number 1, June 1994. 994.5005 V66.

The Burke & Wills Expedition - A Study in Evidence.
CD-ROM. ISBN 0 909178 16X Educational Media International 1996

 

Cormick, Craig

Dig - The Forgotten History of Burke & Wills.
Charnwood, ACT. Ginninderra. 2002. ISBN 1740271386 994.031 C81D

Dig - The Last History of Burke & Wills.
In Unwritten Histories. Aboriginal Studies Press, 1999.

 
Davis, John

Tracks of McKinlay and party across Australia.
William Westgarth, London, Sampson Low. 1863.
Reprinted 1996, Friends of the State Library of South Australia. ISBN 1 876154 06 3

 

Dow, Edmund Burnett

On the Burke. and Wills Track-The Giles inscriptions.
Broken Hill, Not dated, circa 1937? 25 copies made for private distribution.

 

Earl, John W & McCleary. Barry V,

Mystery of the Poisoned Expedition.
In Nature, Volume 368, 21st April 1994. London, McMillan Journals.

 

Fenner. Charles,

Two historic gumtrees associated with the Burke and Wills Expedition of 1861.
Reprinted from Proceedings of the Royal Geographic Society of Australasia, S.A. Branch, Volume 29, 1927-8. Adelaide, RGSA.

 

Ferguson, Charles David.

The Experiences of a Forty-Niner during the thirty-four years residence in California and Australia.
Cleveland, Ohio, The Williams Publishing Co. 1888.

Experiences of a Forty-Niner during the thirty-four years residence in California and Australia - Selections.
Reprint of Chapters 16-27 and parts of Chapters 28 and 31. Limited edition (450 copies). Gaston Renard, Melbourne, 1979. ISBN 0 9599899 4 3.

 

Fitzpatrick, Kathleen

The Burke and Wills Expedition and the Royal Society of Victoria.
In Historical Studies of Australia and New Zealand, Vol 10, No 40, May 1963.
Melbourne, Melbourne University Press, 1963.

 

Flynn, Randall

Burke and Wills : crossing the continent.
ISBN 0732906350 (Juvenile) South Melbourne, Macmillan Australia, 1991.

 
Foster, Thomas

Review of the Labour of Several Explorers of Australia, by Mr Thomas Foster, ten years resident in Victoria; also the Narrative of Mr John King, sole survivor of the Burke and Wills Expedition.
Melbourne & Sydney, Clarson, Shallard & Co., 1863 [16 pages].

 
Grad, A. Charles L'Australie interieure. Explorations et voyages à travers le continent australien de 1860 à 1862.
Paris, Libraire de la Societe de Geographie, 1864.
 
Great Britain,
House of Commons.
Australian Exploring Expedition.
Copy of all despatches from Sir Henry Barkly, and the other colonial governors, on the subject of the Australian Exploring Expedition, London, House of Commons, 28th March 1862.
 

Hayes. Gerard,

Paper Trails - the navigational records of the Burke and Wills Expedition in the State Library of Victoria.
In La Trobe library journal

Burke and Wills - The Records of the Royal Society of Victoria's Exploration Committee, Victorian Exploration Expedition and Relief Expeditions, 1857-1873.
Melbourne, Australian Manuscripts Collection, La Trobe Library, SLV, nd.

 

Harvey, Roland

Burke and Wills.
Hawthorn, Victoria. Five Mile Press, 1985.


Hendereck, Kevin

If you must eat nardoo sporocarps, prepare them in the Aboriginal way.
In SGAP Journal, February 1996. South Australia 1996.

 

Henry, William

The shimmering waste : the life and times of Robert O'Hara Burke.
Galway, Ireland. W Henry Publisher, 1997 ISBN 0906312469 hardback / ISBN 0906312477 paperback.

 

[The] Herald (Melbourne)

Burke and his Companions. The Victorian Exploring Expedition. From its Origin to the return from Carpentaria, and the Death of Burke. Wills and Gray, from starvation: with Burke's and Wills Journals, King's Narrative, Howitt's Diary, &c.,
Melbourne, Herald Office, 1861.

 

Hiddins, Les

Stories of Exploration and Survival.
Sydney. ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Books, 1996. Chapter 4. ISBN 0 7333 0546.6

 

Hill, William, T.

Burke and Wills: The Story of Their Ill-Fated Expedition.
The Pathfinders Series of Romances of Australian Exploration.
Edited by Edward A. Vidler. North Melbourne, WA Hamer. 1935.

 

Hogg, Gary

With Burke and Wills Across Australia.
Adventures in Geography Series, (Juvenile) London, Frederick Mueller, 1961.

 

Howitt Alfred, W

Notes on the Aborigines of Cooper's Creek.
In R. B. Smyth, The Aborigines of Victoria, 1878.

An episode in the history of Australian exploration.
In Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science, Volume 8, 1901, pp291-296.

Personal Reminiscences of Central Australia and The Burke and Wills Expedition.
Reprinted from The Journal of the Australian Association for the Advancement of Science,
Presidents Inaugural Address, 1907.

 

Jackson, Andrew

Robert O'Hara Bourke [sic] and the Australian Exploring Expedition of 1860.
London, Smith Elder & Co, 1862. 919.403 J 13.

 

Jensen. Jo, and Barrett, Peta.

Burke and Wills. (Juvenile literature)
Slacks Creek, Queensland, Future Horizons Publishing, 1996.

 

Judge, Joseph & Scherschel, Joseph

First Across Australia - The Journey of Burke and Wills.
In National Geographic Magazine, February 1979, Volume 155 No. 2. National Geographic Society. Washington DC.

 

Landsborough, W

Journal of Landsborough's expedition from Carpentaria, in search of Burke and Wills.
Two original editions printed. Melbourne, Wilson & Mackinnon, 1862, and Melbourne, F F Bailliere, 1862.
Reprinted 2000. Adelaide, Friends of the State Library of South Australia.

 
Laurie, James Stuart

Landsborough's exploration of Australia from Carpentaria to Melbourne, with special reference to the settlement of available country.
Edited by James Stuart Laurie, formerly H.M. Inspector of Schools.
London, Thomas Murby, 1866.

 

Lewis, John

Burke and Wills Exploring Expedition.
In Proceedings of the Royal Geographic Society of Australasia (SA Branch). Volume 21, 1919-20, Adelaide, RGSA (SA), 1920.

 

Leyden, Peter

Burke and Wills. Visual Australian History Series, (Juvenile)
Crows Nest, N.S.W. Peter Leyden Publishing House, Not dated, circa 1965.

 

Lockwood, Kim

Big John - The Extraordinary adventures of John Mckinlay, 1819-1872.
State Library of Victoria, 1995. ISBN 0 7241 0007 8

 

Long, Charles R

Stories of Australian Exploration.
In Austral History Reader, (Juvenile) Melbourne, Whitcombe & Tombs, 1903.

Memorials to Victorian Explorers and Pioneers - Part III.
In Victorian History Magazine, Volume 19, Number 34, December 1922.

 
Loyau, George Etienne The Gawler Handbook: A record of the Rise and Progress of that Important Town; to which are added Memoirs of McKinlay the Explorer and Dr Nott.
Adelaide, Goodfellow & Hele, 1880 [2 issues, one in cheaper binding].
 

McKellar, John

Tree By the Creek - An Account of Suffering and Adventure in Central Australia.
Melbourne, F. W. Cheshire, 1961

John King (Explorer) Sole Survivor of the Burke and Wills' Expedition to the Gulf of Carpentaria, 1860-1.
In Victorian Historical Magazine, Melbourne, Royal Victorian Historical Society. Volume 20, Number 4, December 1944.

 

McKinlay, John

Exploration. McKinlay's diary of his journey across the continent of Australia.
Melbourne, E. & D. Syme, 1863

McKinlay's Journal of Exploration in the interior of Australia. (Burke Relief Expedition) Melbourne. F. F. Bailliere, Not dated, circa 1862.
Reprinted facsimile - Adelaide : Libraries Board of South Australia, 1962.

 

McLaren, Ian Francis,

The Victorian Exploring Expedition and Relieving Expeditions, 1860-1: The Burke & Wills tragedy.
Reprinted from The Victorian Historical Magazine, Volume 29, No 4 November 1959.

William John Wills 1834-1861.
Reprinted from The Victorian Historical Magazine Volume 33, No 2. November 1962.

 

Manwaring. William Henry

A Contemporary's View of Robert O'Hara Burke.
Reprinted from La Trobe Library Journal, Volume 2, Number 6. October 1970. 6 pages.
Melbourne, La Trobe University, 1970.

 

Maria, Ron J

Catalogue of the Ron Maria Collection of Books, Pamphlets, Maps, Prints, Original Photographs and Parliamentary Papers.
Sydney, Privately Printed, R J Maria 1986. ISBN 1 86252 242 1

 

Moorehead, Alan McCrae

Cooper's Creek.
First edition, London, Hamish Hamilton, 1963. Reprinted in England, 1965, 1971, 1973. Reprinted in Australia, 1977, 1985.
Illustrated edition, Melbourne, McMillan, 1978. American edition, New York, Harper & Row, 1963.
Penguin Group, 1963, 1977, 1988. ISBN 0 14 009240 4

Cooper's Creek - Abridged by Lucy Moorehead, 1968.
Cooper's Creek - The real story of Burke and Wills.
Illustrated edition. Melbourne, McMillan. 1985.
Cooper's Creek - The Opening of Australia.
New York, First Atlantic Monthly Press Edition. 1987.

Cooper's Creek - Adapted by Gail Holst.
Children's' edition, Melbourne, Thomas Nelson. 1978

 

Morton. William Lockhart,

Exploration - History of the Victorian Exploring Expedition.
Seven part series run weekly from 21st December 1861 to 1st February 1862
In Yeoman and Australian Acclimatiser, Melbourne.

 

Morphett, G C

Gray's grave at Lake Massacre.
In Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (S.A. Branch). Volume 40, 1938-9. Adelaide, RGSA (SA), 1939.

 
Murgatroyd, Sarah

The Dig Tree - The story of Burke and Wills.
Melbourne, Text Publishing, 2002. ISBN 1 877008 08 7

The Dig Tree - The extraordinary story of the ill-fated Burke and Wills expedition.
London, Bloomsbury, 2002. ISBN 0 747 556 77 6

 

Neumeyer, Georg(e)

Results of the Magnetic Survey of the Colony of Victoria. Executed during the years 1858-1864.
Mannheim, J Schneider, 1869. Chapter 1, Trip 3 (of 10) - With the VEE to the Darling.

 

Oliver, Peter

Burke & Wills - The book of the movie.
Budget Books 1985. ISBN 0552 129259

 

Parker, F L.

Burke and Wills Expedition of 1860-61. Annual Report of the Historical Memorials Committee,
In Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (S.A. Branch).
Volume 44, 1942-3, Adelaide, RGSA (SA), 1943.

Innamincka Cairn.
Annual Report of the Historical Memorials Committee,
In Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (S.A. Branch).
Volume 45, 1943-4, Adelaide, RGSA (SA), 1944

Further notes on two historic gum trees.
Addendum A to the Annual Report of the Historical Memorials Committee,
In Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (S.A. Branch).
Volume 46, 1944-5, Adelaide, RGSA (SA), 1945.

 

Peach, Bill

The Explorers.
Sydney, ABC Enterprises, 1984.ISBN 0642975914 (Hardcover), 0642529523 (Paperback)

 

Phoenix, Dave

From Melbourne to the Gulf: A brief history of the Victorian Exploring Expedition.

 

Phillips, G

The Victorian Exploring Expedition, 1860-1.
In Queensland Geographical Journal Volume 23, 1907-8.

 

Prescott, R T M

The Royal Society of Victoria from then, 1854 to now, 1959.
Reprinted from Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, Volume 73, 1961. Melbourne, RSV, 1961.

 

Reinets, Rex

The Tragic Heroes, Burke and Wills.
In Australian Heritage Magazine. Sydney, Paul Hamlyn, 1971. Vol 3, No 13, Part 43.

In Search of Burke and Wills
In Australian Heritage Magazine. Sydney, Paul Hamlyn, 1971. Vol 3, No 14, Part 44.

 
Royal Geographical Society Exploring expedition from Victoria to the Gulf of Carpentaria, under the command of Mr Robert O'Hara Burke
In Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, Volume 32, 1862.
 

Royal Historical Society of Queensland

Burke and Wills 'Dig' Tree Conservation Plan.
Cameron McNamara (Consultants). Brisbane, RHSQ, 1987.

 

Royal Society of Victoria

Progress Reports of the Exploration Committee of the Royal Society of Victoria for 1861.
Melbourne, Royal Society, Mason and Firth Printers, 1862.

Progress Reports and Final Report of the Exploration Committee of the Royal Society of Victoria.
Melbourne, Mason and Firth Printers, 1863.
Contains: First Report-1857, Second Report-1858, Third Report-1858, Fourth Report-1860, Special Report-1859, Fifth Report-1860, Sixth Report-1861, Seventh and Final Report-1863.

Transactions of the Philosophical Institute of Victoria. From January to December inclusive. Volume III.
Edited for the Council of the Institute by John Macadam. Melbourne, Philosophical Institute, 1859.

Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria. From January to December 1860 inclusive. Volume V.
Edited for the Council of the Society by John Macadam. The Society. Melbourne. Not dated, circa 1860 ?

Transactions and Proceedings during the years 1861 to 1864.
Melbourne, Wilson and Mackinnon, 1865.

 
Sanderson, W A

Royal Park.
In Victorian Historical Magazine, Volume 14, Number 3, May 1932.

 

Southal, Ivan

Journey into mystery. The story of the explorers Burke and Wills.
Melbourne, Landsdowne Press, 1961. (Juvenile)

 

Sunmap, DNR, Cloncurry Shire Council

The explorers Burke and Wills and their searchers in regard to explorers routes.
Cartographic material, Scale 1:1,500,000.Brisbane, The Department, Sunmap Centre, Not dated, circa 1985.
1 map, colour, 88 x 53 cm.

 

Tangey, Chris

Searching for Burke and Wills.
Melbourne, Age Travel Supplement, 9th December 1995, p6.

 

Thallon. Keith,

Return to Cooper's Creek - In the Tracks of Burke and Wills.
In Journal of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland. Volume VIII, Number 2, 1966-1967.

 

Thomas. James Park,

Expedition to the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Reprinted from Proceedings and Transactions of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (Queensland), Queensland Geographical Journal - Volume 25.
Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, No date, circa 1910.

 

Tipping, Dr Marjorie (Editor)

Ludwig Becker.
Melbourne University Press 1979. ISBN 0 522 84189 9

 

Turner, Henry Giles,

Romance and Tragedy in Victorian History.
In Victorian Historical Magazine Volume.3, Number 2, December 1913.

 
Vattemare, Monsieur. A travers l'Australie recits de découvertes, d'explorations, d'impressions de voyage. [Juvenile literature]
Paris, 1880.
 

Victoria - Office of Lands and Survey

Original Map without title, showing. Burke's, Conn's and Howitt's tracks, from Menindie to approx. 27° S (L.1124).

Route from Jamieson's Station, Darling River, to Altolka of Burke...
Signed A. W. Howitt, 14 April 1862 (9018)

Tracing showing the Route of the Victorian Exploration Expedition from Bilbarka to the Depôt on Cooper's Creek and the Explorations from thence towards the North.
Signed William J. Wills 14th December 1860. Lithographed 2nd July 1861 (D.179)

Map of Burke and Wills' Route from Cooper's Creek to Carpentaria.
(Copied from the Map prepared by Wills) Lithographed 25th November 1861. Reissued 1906. (L.1089)

 

Victoria - Parliament

Burke and Wills Commission. Report of the Commissioners appointed to enquire into and report upon the circumstances connected with the sufferings and death of Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills, the Victorian Explorers.
Melbourne, John Ferres, Government Printer, 1862. Parliamentary Paper Number 97, 1861-2.

Exploration of New Holland, Petition.
Melbourne, John Ferres, Government Printer, 1861-2. Parliamentary Paper E, Number 10. 1862.

Country discovered by Burke and Wills.
Melbourne, John Ferres, Government Printer, 1863. Parliamentary Paper B, Number 5, 1862-3.

Exploring expedition ... A return of all Moneys expended in connection with the late Exploration Expenditure, and the different subsequent Expeditions for the Relief of the Explorers.
Melbourne, John Ferres, Government Printer, 1865. Parliamentary Paper C, Number 30, 1864-5.

 

Walker, Frederick

Journal of Mr Walker from the day he left Macintosh's Station on the Nogoa to that of his arrival at the Albert River, Gulf of Carpentaria.
In Royal Geographic Society Journal, Volume 33, 1863. London, Royal Geographical Society, 1863.

 

Watson, The Reverend M J

The story of Burke and Wills: with sketches and essays.
Melbourne, Imprint Melbourne / W. P. Linehan, 1911.

 

Welch, Edwin James,

Various articles in Worlds News, including…
7th October 1916 A Model Explorer (plus Welchs obituary).
15th October 1916 Finding of King.

 

Wheeler, Graeme

Rendezvous at Camp 52 with Burke and Wills.
In Geo, Australia's Geographical Magazine Volume 9, Number 2 June-August 1987.
Chatswood, Sydney, Geo Productions, 1993-.

First Across Australia - The Long Hot Walk.
In The Walker (Formerly The Melbourne Walker)" Volume 56, 1985, Melbourne Walking Club, Melbourne

 

White, John

Burke and Wills: the stockade and the tree.
Footscray, Victoria. Victoria University of Technology Library (Footprint Press), 1992. ISBN 1 86272 416 4

 

White, Gabriel and Meyer, Martin

Beyond the Cooper; Burke and Wills, some missing links.
Kew, Preshil Camping Club, 1992. ISBN 0 646 10947 2

 

Wilcox, Desmond

Explorers.
London, British Broadcasting Commission, 1975.

 

Wilkie,D E & Mueller, Ferdinand von

Report on White Men's Graves in the Interior.
In Transcriptions of the Royal Society of Victoria, Volume 6, 1865.
Reprinted in Proceedings of the Royal Geographic Society of Australasia (SA Branch). Volume 16, 1914-5, Adelaide, RGSA (SA), 1915.

 

Willis, J H

The Botany of the Victorian Exploring Expedition and Relief Contingents form Victoria.
Reprinted from Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, Volume 75, Part 2, pp 247-268. 1962. Melbourne, Royal Society, 1962.

 
Wills, William J A successful exploration through the interior of Australia, from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria. From the journals and letters of William John Wills.
Edited by his father, William Wills. London, Richard Bentley, 1863
Reprinted 1996, The Friends of the State Library of SA, ISBN 1 876154 012.
 

Whyte, Duncan

Sketch of Explorations by the late John McKinlay in the Interior of Australia, 1861-2. Being a paper read before the Cowal Society, Oct. 28, 1878.
Glasgow, Aird & Coghill, 1878.

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