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from Menindee, 22 January 1861.

Original item held at the State Library of Victoria, SLV MS13071, Box 2083/4, Item #9.
Victorian Exploring Expedition Records, Correspondence.
Ludwig Becker; Letter to the Exploration Committee, dated 22 January 1861. H16204.

 

This letter accompanied Becker's Fifth Report along with this note and seven sketches. It was posted in Menindee on Tuesday, 22 January 1861 and was received in Melbourne on 5 February 1861.

 
Ludwig Becker's Expedition Sketchbook
H16486, Australian Manuscripts Collection, State Library of Victoria.
34. [Owlet moth]
 
Ludwig Becker's Expedition Sketchbook
H16486, Australian Manuscripts Collection, State Library of Victoria.
35. Water-marks on the banks of the River Darling.
 
Ludwig Becker's Expedition Sketchbook
H16486, Australian Manuscripts Collection, State Library of Victoria.
36. Scincus
 
Ludwig Becker's Expedition Sketchbook
H16486, Australian Manuscripts Collection, State Library of Victoria.
37. Scincus
 
Ludwig Becker's Expedition Sketchbook
H16486, Australian Manuscripts Collection, State Library of Victoria.
38. Gullomalla
 
Ludwig Becker's Expedition Sketchbook
H16486, Australian Manuscripts Collection, State Library of Victoria.
39. Rough sketch of the route of Lyons & M'Pherson
 
Ludwig Becker's Expedition Sketchbook
H16486, Australian Manuscripts Collection, State Library of Victoria.
40. Natives on the Darling

 

Darling Depot Jan 22. 1861.

The Hon Secretary, Royal Society, Melbourne, Victoria.
Dr J. Macadam M.L.A. Sir,

I send you a copy of my journal together with seven sketches representing: two kinds of lizards, one pigeon, one moth, three natives, watermarks of the Darling and a sketch of the route of Lyons & McPherson. I also enclose meteorological observations I made from Nov 6 1860 till Jan 13. 1861.

The specimens I collected will be forwarded to Melb. by the first opportunity. The particulars of Lyons & McPhersons trip you will learn from Dr Becklers report. I only furnish you with the route. I believe Lake Bulla to be the Cooper, and as Mr Burke did not stop there or left words or signs on that place to guide men following him; I believe he went right on and did not much trouble himself with forming a depot on that river.

We shall leave in a few days our camp for the Cooper, taking with us as much provisions as the animals can carry. I think we will form there a depot, which likely must be fortified-awaiting further orders. I hope to be able to explore part of the country around that Portion of the Cooper, and I hope also we shall succeed in keeping communication with Minindie during the wet & cool season.

I am extremely sorry not having received even a single line from you, especially, in regard to the few things so much wanted by an observer in nat. history. I never received the two small books having reference to Goulds work on birds. I fear I shall leave for the Interior with only an outfit consisting of a few colors & sketch-books, and two small geological hammers.

I have the honor to remain most respectfully,

Yours obediently,
Ludwig Becker.

 
     

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