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Extracts from Dr Hermann Beckler's Journal

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.
Melbourne: John Ferres, Government Printer.
Parliamentary papers, No 97, 1861-2. 1862.

Mr Burke and party left Menindie on the 19th of October; Mr Wright accompanied them for a distance of 160 or 190 miles. Mr Wright, with his native servant Dick, returned from the 5th November.

Trooper Lyons arrived with despatches for Mr Burke, and with instructions to overtake him on the 5th November. He left the depot on the 10th November, with McPherson, our saddler, and the native, Dick. They would, to all expectations, overtake Mr Burke somewhere about Lake Bulloo.

On the morning of 19th December the native, Dick, arrived here. (Lyons and McPherson were in the interior some 180 or 190 miles from this, depending for their sustenance on the hospitality of some natives.) I offered my services to Mr Wright to do all in my power to relieve the suffering prisoners as soon as possible Mr Wright accepted my offer. We left Bumameroo (Pamamoroo) early on the 21st December - myself, Belooch, Peter, three camels and one horse.

 
     
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