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,
Parliamentary papers, No 97, 1861-2.
The enquiry into the deaths of Burke and Wills was held in Melbourne in November and December 1861. Five commissioners interviewed thirteen people connected to the expedition. Their report and findings were tabled in the Legislative Assembly on Friday, 21 February 1862 and published in the Melbourne press the next day.
Minutes of Evidence
Friday 22nd November 1861 Wednesday 27th November 1861 Thursday 28th November 1861 Thursday 5th December 1861 Tuesday 10th December 1861 Thursday 12th December 1861 Monday 30th December 1861 Commissioner's Report
Appendix A: Instructions to Leader Appendix B: Burke's Torowoto DespatchAppendix C: List of Stores & Equipment Appendix D: Mr Wright's First despatch Appendix E: Dr Beckler's journal Appendix F: Wright's Despatch No 2 Appendix G: Burke's Cooper Despatch Appendix H: Mr Wright's Diary Appendix I: William Brahe's Report Appendix K: Mr Wills' Journal Appendix L: John King's Narrative
Evidence Listed by Witness
Questions answered by Beckler Questions answered by Brahe Questions answered by Dick Questions answered by Howitt Questions answered by King Questions answered by Landells Questions answered by Macadam Questions answered by McDonough Questions answered by Mueller Questions answered by Smith Questions answered by Stawell Questions answered by Wecker Questions answered by Wright
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