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from Menindie, 14 November 1860

Original item held at the State Library of Victoria, SLV MS13071, Box 2083/4, Item #6.
Victorian Exploring Expedition Records, Correspondence.
Ludwig Becker; Letter to the Exploration Committee, dated Menindie, 14 November 1860. H16196.

 

This letter accompanied Becker's Third Report which included this note and fourteen sketches. It was sent to Melbourne from Menindee on 14 November 1860.

  © La Trobe Collection, State Library of Victoria - www.slv.vic.gov.au 12. Native name of Gecko: Bounno
  © La Trobe Collection, State Library of Victoria - www.slv.vic.gov.au 13. Banks of the Darling, near Bilwaka Camp
  © La Trobe Collection, State Library of Victoria - www.slv.vic.gov.au 14. [Bony bream]
  © La Trobe Collection, State Library of Victoria - www.slv.vic.gov.au 15. At the camp "Bilwaka", Darling  
  © La Trobe Collection, State Library of Victoria - www.slv.vic.gov.au 16. [Small predatory beetle]
  © La Trobe Collection, State Library of Victoria - www.slv.vic.gov.au 17. The so-called "Darling pea".
  © La Trobe Collection, State Library of Victoria - www.slv.vic.gov.au 18. Minindie, Octb. 15. 60, bearing E. by S.
  © La Trobe Collection, State Library of Victoria - www.slv.vic.gov.au 19. [Tiger moth]
  © La Trobe Collection, State Library of Victoria - www.slv.vic.gov.au 20. "Mallee sand-cliffs" at the Darling, about 10 miles from Cuthro
  © La Trobe Collection, State Library of Victoria - www.slv.vic.gov.au 21. Camping-ground at Bilbaka, Darling, Oct. 11, 60
  © La Trobe Collection, State Library of Victoria - www.slv.vic.gov.au 22. A Darling bend close to our camp, Oct. 14. 60
  © La Trobe Collection, State Library of Victoria - www.slv.vic.gov.au 23. Depot Junction: The Bamamoro Cr. with the Darling, 7 miles from Minindie
  © La Trobe Collection, State Library of Victoria - www.slv.vic.gov.au 24. Gecko no. II found at Minindie in Paine's hotel, Nov. 1. 60
  © La Trobe Collection, State Library of Victoria - www.slv.vic.gov.au 25. The whereabouts of sketch #25 are unknown, but it could possibly be Group of natives at Menindee, Darling

 

Minindie
Nov 14, 60. 10 am.

Hon. Secretary,
Royal Society
Dr Macadam M.L.A.

Sir,

The mailman kindly granted me a few minutes to enable me to send you these few lines. The full report of my diary up to this date will be send by the next mail (a fortnightly one only) together with the explanation of sketches.

I am writing now a monography of the plague of Australia, the Fly, with numerous drawings, then the substance and contents of the soil surrounding the Darling (with microscopical investigations and plenty of drawings) - again drawings of all the shells I hitherto found since leaving Melb. Then all the different kind of Ants I found here some of which show most peculiar modes of leaving, working and attacking.

My barometrical and meteorological observations will be of some interest to Professor Neumayer's Department.

The specimens of objects of Natural history will be send by Steamer from here to Melb. I have not much collected for want of time & things worth collecting; but what I have to send is worth keeping.

Please send me two otave books (Reichenbach & Gould) on Goulds birds - the same I had the pleasure of presenting to the Royal Society, I could work & collect much better with them, as a good deal of time would be gained when in possession of them.

To day 3 bullocks are killed in the depôt, to make dry meat to be brought up to Mr Burke as soon as Mr Wright thinks proper.

Most respectfully,
Yours obediently,
Ludwig Becker

 
     
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