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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.


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The Camp, Balranald, Murrumbidgee River, New South Wales
16th September 1860.


I have the honor to report that the Expedition crossed the Murrumbidgee and encamped here last night. We rest today and proceed on tomorrow en route for the Darling.

All well;-

I forward an account of my explanation together with the receipts. I lost a receipt for £9.6.0 paid to Mr Henry Talbett for portage, provisions &c at the Wakool, but I have written to request that the receipt may be sent down to you direct.

I shall by next opportunity report fully all my proceedings but I have not ever time to do so.

Professor Neumeyer is here




and proceeds with the Expedition to the Darling.

I have the honor to be,
Your obedient servant
R O'Hara Burke,

Dr Macadam MLA,
honorary Secretary,
Exploration Committee


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.

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19th September,
Parka, on the Murrumbidgee River,

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,
Your obedient servant,
R O'H Burke


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