Burke & Wills Web
www.burkeandwills.net.au
The online digital research archive of expedition records
© 2012

• 'Melbourne to the Gulf : A Brief History of the Burke & Wills Expedition' by Dave Phoenix
This section of the website outlines the progress of the expedition in 17 easy chapters. It can be downloaded as a PDF eBook.

For people interested in a more detailed description of the expedition, the following two books are highly recommended :

• 'The Dig Tree' by Sarah Murgatroyd, 2002.

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• 'Cooper's Creek' by Alan Moorehead, 1963.

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A more detailed look at the background of the expedition and its role in shaping Victorian history can be found in :

• 'Burke & Wills - From Melbourne to Myth' by Tim Bonyhady,
Balmain, NSW, David Ell Press, 1991. ISBN: 09081979

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Ludwig Becker's excellent paintings are reproduced in :

• 'Ludwig Becker' edited by Dr Marjorie Tipping,
Carlton, Vic., Melbourne University Press, 1979. ISBN: 0522841899.

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Hermann Beckler's journal was translated from German and published by Stephen Jeffries as :

• 'A Journey To Cooper's Creek' by Hermann Beckler, edited by Stephen Jefferies,
Carlton, Vic., Melbourne University Press, 1993. ISBN: 0522844847.

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Explorers Journals

The following journals have been digitised and are available for download :

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A Successful Exploration through the interior of Australia
William John Wills, 1862

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Robert O'Hara Burke and the Australian Exploring Expedition
Andrew Jackson, 1863

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McKinlay‘s Journal of Explorations into the Interior of Australia
John McKinlay, 1862

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Tracks of McKinlay and party across Australia
John Davis, 1863

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Journal of Landsborough‘s Expedition from Carpentaria
William Landsborough, 1862

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Bourne's Journal of Landsborough‘s Expedition
George Bourne, 1862

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Journal of Mr Walker
Frederick Walker, 1862

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Commission of Enquiry into the deaths of Burke & Wills
Victoria Parliament, 1862

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Progress Reports and Final Report of the Exploration Committee
Royal Society of Victoria, 1863

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Experiences of a Forty-Niner
Charles David Ferguson, 1888

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Films

The 1985 Colombia Pictures film released by Hoyts Edgeley, Burke and Wills, with Jack Thompson, Nigel Havers and Greta Scacchi is interesting and reasonably factual.

The movie has never been released on DVD, but it was released on VHS in 1987. Copies of the VHS can occasionally be purchased on eBay. Go to www.ebay.com then search for 'burke wills'. Viewers in North America and Japan will need NTSC copies of the VHS, viewers in Australia, New Zealand and most of Europe will need PAL copies of the VHS.

Online information

Wills' journal detailing their time on the Cooper after returning to the 'Dig Tree' has been digitised and can be found online at the National Library of Australia. There is also the option of printing these journals (20 pages).

 
   

The State Library of Victoria has an excellent website, 'Dig: The Burke and Wills Research Gateway'.

 
   
The links section of this website lists other Burke & Wills websites, (there are not very many good ones).
   
 

Finding books on Burke & Wills

All of the books listed above should be available in any good Australian library. Go to the Libraries Links page to search your local, State or nearest University library catalogue, or search in the WorldCat world library catalogue.

Many of the books listed above and in Burke & Wills Web bibliography can be purchased online from various booksellers. For rare, hard-to-find and out-of-print books, ABE Books have the best selection.

Kevin Solway has produced a program that searches several online bookstores at once. This great freeware program BookSearch v1.4 (Only 400Kb) is available for download here.

Sources for Burke & Wills Web

Much of the original material and manuscripts from the Victorian Exploring Expedition are held on microfilm at:

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