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(The last pencillings of Burke)

Original item held at the State Library of Victoria, SLV MS13071, SAFE 1.
Last notes of Robert O'Hara Burke, dated 26 & 28 June 1861. 8p, ms.
(Item is combined with Burke's Dig Tree Note)

Images of the original pages:

Transcription of the original pages:

for the Committee


 

Cooper's Creek

26th June 1861.

 

I hope we shall be
done justice by
We fulfilled our
task but we were
aband not followed
up as I expected
and the Depot party
abandoned
their post

ROH Burke

Last notes of Robert O'Hara Burke
ex2009-002, MS 13071, Records of the Burke & Wills Expedition
Australian Manuscripts Collection. State Library of Victoria.

Image No: ms000059, ex2009-002
MS 13071, State Library of Victoria
 

Last notes of Robert O'Hara Burke
ex2009-002, MS 13071, Records of the Burke & Wills Expedition
Australian Manuscripts Collection. State Library of Victoria.

Image No: ms000060, ex2009-002
MS 13071, State Library of Victoria

 

King has behaved
nobly and I
hope he will
be properly
cared for.

ROH Burke

 

and he goes
up the creek
in accordance
with my request

June 2[?]th 1861

Last notes of Robert O'Hara Burke
ex2009-002, MS 13071, Records of the Burke & Wills Expedition
Australian Manuscripts Collection. State Library of Victoria.

Image No: ms000061, ex2009-002
MS 13071, State Library of Victoria
 

Last notes of Robert O'Hara Burke
ex2009-002, MS 13071, Records of the Burke & Wills Expedition
Australian Manuscripts Collection. State Library of Victoria.

Image No: ms000062, ex2009-002
MS 13071, State Library of Victoria

Provenance: A note from Burke & Wills Web.
Burke's last notes are written on four pages detached from a notebook. Burke read these notes to John King shortly before Burke died. King looked after the notebook and gave it to Sir William Stawell, President of the Royal Society of Victoria, in Melbourne on 5 December 1861. Stawell read the pages to a meeting of the Exploration Committee on the same day and it is possible this was when Stawell detached the pages from the notebook.

The Royal Society of Victoria donated the pages to the State Library of Victoria in 1875, but the contents and whereabouts of the rest of the notebook in Stawell's possesion is unknown.

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