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1865

Original minute books of the Exploration Committee of the Royal Society of Victoria are held at:
State Library of Victoria, SLV MS13071; Boxes 2075/1, 2075/2, 207/3, 2088B/1.
Mostly bound volumes, manuscript, handwritten in ink.
Some missing, some incomplete, and many generally not in chronological order.

McCulloch Ministry to 6 May 1868.

Saturday, 4 March 1865.
Related archive: SLV MS13071, Box 2088B/5, RSV EC outward correspondence August 1860 to July 1869.

• Letter to O’Shannassy dated 4 March 1865.

Monday, 5 June 1865 .
Meeting of the Exploration Committee, held at 4.30 pm at the Royal Society's hall.
Present: Stawell, Wilkie, Mueller, Bleasdale, Smith, Gilbee, McCoy.

Related archives:
SLV MS13071, Box 2088B/1, RSV EFC and RSV EC minute book, 1858-1873. 1 bound volume, ms., 295 numbered pages.

• p. 282. Minutes of a meeting of the EC, 5 June 1865.

SLV MS13071, Box 2081/2a.

• Summary of EC minutes, 27 November 1863-26 February 1870. 7p.

Tuesday, 27 June 1865.
Related archive: SLV MS13071, Box 2088B/5, RSV EC outward correspondence August 1860 to July 1869.

• Letter to Chief Secretary [McCulloch] dated 27 June 1865..

Monday, 10 July 1865.
Related archive: SLV MS13071, Box 2088B/5, RSV EC outward correspondence August 1860 to July 1869.

• Letter to Chief Secretary [McCulloch] dated 10 July 1865.

Monday, 24 July 1865.

The Australian News for Home Readers, Tuesday 25 July 1865, p. 11.

The following is a return of all moneys expended in connection with' the late Exploration Expedition and the different subsequent expeditions for the relief of the explorers.

Part No. 1  
£
s
d
A - Importation of Camels  
Purchase money of 25 camels in the territories of Bickaneer and Cabul
 
302
8
0
Travelling expenses and food for the camels on the road to Kurrachee  
88
7
3
Rent of paddock at Kurrachee.  
15
0
0
Camel furniture and stores for the voyage to Australia, including conveyance of same to port of embarkation  
545
14
11
Pay and rations of native attendants  
311
0
Their passage money back from Melbourne to Madras  
134
5
0
Freight of camels to Melbourne, per ship Chinsurah  
2,625
1
9
Accmmodation for the camels in Melbourne, including stables built in Royal Park  
682
7
0
Mr Landell's pay and allowances as agent, including an extra grant of £150  
710
0
0
Premium of exchange on remittances to Government of India in repayment of advances made to the agent at Rawul Pindee  
83
6
8
Total
£
5,497
11
   
B - Grants to the Exploration Committee of the Royal Society  
1860. Honorary Treasurer  
1,150
0
0
--"--. -----"----- -----"----- per Government store-keeper  
4,921
13
6
1861. Honorary Treasurer  
6,446
11
10
--"--. Government of Queensland towards subsidiary expedition under Landsborough  
1,464
10
0

1862. Honorary Treasurer

 
6,610
0
0
--"--. Government of Queensland  
677
5
9
Total
£
5,497
11
4
         
C - Relief Expeditions by sea to the Albert River and North Coast  
1861. SS Victoria pay  
4,128
17
8
--"--. Horses, &c.  
5,087
5
2
1862. Pay  
2,362
9
2
--"--. Stores, &c.  
97
12
8
--"--. Freight coals to the Albert River  
450
0
0
Total
£
12,126
4
8
   
D- Grant and erecting a public monument to Burke and Wills  
4,000
0
0
   
E - Pensions and Gratituities  
Capital sum invested; in Government debentures for purchase of an annuity of £180 for King, the survivor  
3,135
0
0
Ditto of £120 for Mrs Wills  
2,090
0
0
Ditto of £60 for Mrs Doherty  
1,045
0
0
Grant to the Misses Wills, £500 each  
1,000
0
0
Grant 'to Dost Mahommed, camel driver
 
200
0
0
Compensation to E. C. Welch, surgeon, for injury done to his sight  
200
0
0
         
Total
£
7,670
0
0
TOTAL £ 50,563 17 11½
         
Part No. 2        
The following summary, showing the expenditure on account of each of the several expeditions, is taken from the final report of the Committee of the Royal Society, dated 20th August, 1863. It will be found that the total is in excess of that under the head of Grant to Committee, in part No. 1 of this return, but it is to be noted that the Committee received a large sum of money by private subscriptions.
Summary of the Expenditure incurred by the Exploration Committee on account of the various Victorian Exploring Expeditions to 30th June, 1863:-
Burke and Wills Expedition— Outfit  
4,510
2
10
Do. do. -General expenditure  
5,535
11
11
Howitt's expedition  
4,975
14
5
Landsborougb's do, including £2000 directly disbursed by Government  
3,746
3
1
Walker's do  
3,242
7
11
Contingencies  
1,180
16
2
Funeral of Burke and Wills  
749
3
6
Unpaid claims and accounts  
2,200
0
0
Total
£
26,139
19
10
 
This total does not include the £5,000 expended in the purchase of camels, nor. tho outlay incurred by the Victorian Government in sending H.M.'s steamsloop Victoria and transports to the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Signed: David E Wilkie, MD, MLC,
Treasurer of the Exploration Committee.

2 September 1865
John Macadam died at sea.

Saturday, 4 November 1865.
Meeting of the Exploration Committee.

Related archive: SLV MS13071, Box 2081/2a.

• Summary of EC minutes, 27 November 1863-26 February 1870. 7p.

Several meetings of the Committee have been convened since the 4th November 1864 besides those recorded, but lapsed for want of a quorum, only two at most of the members having appeared.

Related archive: SLV MS13071, Box 2088B/1, RSV EFC and RSV EC minute book, 1858-1873. 1 bound volume, ms., 295 numbered pages.

• p. 285. Note about Exploration Committee meetings held between 4 November 1864 and 14 December 1867, signed by the secretary.

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