|Conclusion of Frederick Walker's journal, 25 January-29 April 1862.
State Library of Victoria, MS 13071, Box 2088A/3c (Item 4), 32 pages.
|Argus: 6 June 1862 & 11 November 1862.|
I do myself the honour to forward to you the conclusion of my journal, also the specimens of metal found at Camp 26, on one head of the Gilbert River, and the hair found in a black's dilly at Camp 5, on the Flinders River.
You will observe, with respect to the latter that a dark coloured plait, which might belong to a black, has been interlaced with that of the lighter colour, and which certainly belongs to no tribe ever seen by me during twenty-two years spent nearly all on the frontier: nor have any of my men (Aboriginal) ever heard or known of any of the Aboriginal having similar hair. I would recommend that this hair should not be examined by candle or gas light.
I have the honour to remain, sir,
To John Macadam, Esq., MD.,
Published in the Argus, 11 November 1862: 7.
Tuesday, 1 April 1862.
Wednesday 2, and Thursday 3 April 1862.
Friday, 4 April 1862.
We had been two hours in camp when the cheers of a party on horseback made us aware that relief was approaching. It turned out to be Macalister, end he reported we were only four miles from Strathalbyn, the station of Messrs Woods and Robinson, on the Burdekin. I now got the news of the sad fate of Burke and Wills.
Saturday, 5 April 1862.
(border round), and on the other:
(border round). All the trees marked by me have part of the bark taken off.
Tuesday 29 April 1862.
Mr Walker, instead of turning up at Cooper's Creek as was expected, has made his appearance among the northern settlements of Queensland. It appears that he has found it so difficult and tedious a business to pick up the track of Burke and Wills, that he has thought it more expedient, as his horses were getting knocked up, and his provisions exhausted, to turn aside to Queensland and report progress.
Instead of recruiting for the continuance of his expedition, however, he will now hear what has been the fate of the explorers of whom he was in search, and what was the route which they took. There is no longer any necessity for him on their account to continue out.
So far as his services as an agent of the Victorian Royal Society is concerned, they may be considered as having closed, unless it is thought expedient to keep him in the field a little longer, for the purpose of completing a map of the country between his own route and that of Burke.