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Sandhurst, 28 & 30 August 1860.

Original item held at the State Library of Victoria, SLV MS13071, Box 2080/5a.
Victorian Exploring Expedition Records,
Telegrams sent or received concerning the VEE
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Telegram; Burke to Macadam from Sandhurst, 28 August 1860.
Telegram #2; Burke to Macadam from Sandhurst, 30 August 1860.
Telegram #55; Burke to Macadam from Sandhurst, 1 September 1860.
Letter; Robert O'Hara Burke to Turner, dated 31 August 1860, Box 29/5(a) MS7698 SLV. 4p.

 

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Dated: Sandhurst, Augt 28th 1860

The following despatch has been received for delivery subject
to the regulations and conditions printed on the other side.

Telegram for :
Dr MacAdam, Secy Exploration Committee, Royal Society

The exploration Expedition encamped here last night and proceeds this morning en route to Swan Hill via Kennedy's Public House on the Campaspe and Glass' Station - all well.

Letters and parcels to be forwarded to Swan Hill. None have yet been received.

Letter of instructions and cheque book required immediately.

R. O'Hara Burke

 


 

Dated: Sandhurst, Aug 30th 1860

The following despatch has been received for delivery subject
to the regulations and conditions printed on the other side.

Telegram for :
Dr MacAdam, Secy Exploration Committee, Royal Society

The expedition halted here last night and proceeds today to Dr Ross' station Terrick Terrick and from thence to Mr Chomley's station Mount Hope enroute to Swan Hill. All well.

The agreement letter of instructons and books not yet received. Pray send then to Swan Hill immediately. Inform Mr Hodgkinson through Dr Wilkie that there will be a vacancy for him when the expedition arrives at Swan Hill if he joins immediately. Mr Hodgkinson's address is known to Dr Wilkie.

The second surveyor has not yet joined he is ugently required. Mr Nash knows one. If he bears a good character and is sound send him up. Ten more felt sadle bags required. Send up by coach.

Immediate reply requested to Swan Hill. Cheque book not yet received I must give cheques upon the Bank until I receive it but I have not yet exceeded the amount ₤50.

Inform Mr Hodgkinson immediately I require him. He is known also to Mr Nicolson the Supt. of Police.

R. O'Hara Burke
Leader, Exploring Expedition.

 


 

Dated: Sandhurst, Sep 1, 1860

The following despatch has been received for delivery subject
to the regulations and conditions printed on the other side.

Telegram for :
Dr MacAdam, Secy Exploration Committee, Royal Society

Terrick Terrick - Dr Ross' station via Sandhurst.

The expedition halted here last night proceed on tomorrow by Mount Hope + Kerang to Swan Hill. All well.

The saddler referred to in my last despatch is not required as one has presented himself.

No letter or parcel has yet reached me - I would beg leave to request to suggest that it would be very desirable that letters sent by me as leader should be sent free through all post offices - stamps might be lost or mislaid.

R. O'Hara Burke

 


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Terek Terek
August 31st 1860

My dear Turner,

I write to wish you goodbye. I was in hopes that I should have seen you. Give my best regards to Mrs Turner.

Things are going on very fairly, but I shall have to make many changes in the organisation of the party which will involve getting rid of a few of the men. In wishing you goodbye now, I feel as men can only feel when saying so to a dear and sincere friend. There are few if any people in the world who I feel such friendship as yourself and Mrs Turner, Excuse this bit of sentimentalism but the remebrance of the old Ovens times comes over me and gets the better of me at times - I trust in God that I shall meet you again. We travel having forfeited your good opinion to which I attach great weight.

Ever your sincere friend,
R O'Hara Burke

Write me a line to Swan Hill

PS. Please excuse my scrawl.

I have written to request that letters with my signature as leader of the expedition should be sent through the Post Office even if not stamped - I feel the difficulty now as I have no stamps - pray do what you can for me in this matter.

 
     

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