Balranald & Paika, 16 & 19 September 1860.
|Original item held at the State Library of Victoria
, SLV MS13071, Box 2082/1a, Item 8.|
Victorian Exploring Expedition Records, Dispatches sent by members of the VEE to the EC.
Robert O'Hara Burke's dispatch, Balranald, 16 September 1860. 2 pages.
The Camp, Balranald, Murrumbidgee River, New South Wales
Dr Macadam MLA,
Read by Dr John Macadam at an Ordinary monthly meeting of the Royal Society of Victoria, held on Monday, 8 October 1860 in the society's house, Victoria-street.
We are now on the road from Balranald to the Darling, and have just passed Parka, Mr Morriss's station, where we received every assistance.
I have left some of the stores behind at Balranald, and I have taken on two and a half tons of flour. A list of the stores will be forwarded by next post. I have directed Cole, the waggoner, the bearer of this letter, to wait upon you, and he will inform you of the particulars of our progress. He is a very intelligent man, and has been of great service to me.
I hope to reach the Darling within the next 10 days, and it is my intention, if I can, to take on the baggage by means of hired carriage to Meninda, which is about 70 miles from the point I shall strike the Darling. Once there, I shall form a depot, and there will be an end to any further expense of that nature; but having brought the stores so far, and at such a great expense, I think it would be injudicious to leave them behind, or to delay the progress of the expedition by sending back for them.
I am, sir,