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More than 150 years ago, the Burke and Wills expedition, one of Australia's most renowned colonial tragedies, made a name for itself as ill-fated, but there was also success before the tragedy.On 20 August, 1860, 18 explorers with their 25 camels and 22 horses, set off from Melbourne as they marched forth into frontiers unknown on the Victorian Exploring Expedition (VEE). Originally organised by the Victorian government as a landmark scientific exploration effort into unchartered central Australia, the expedition, under the leadership of Robert O'Hara Burke, was pushed to achieve more.   

By
Ali Abiri
Published on
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 16:34
File size
3.5 MB
Duration
7 min 36 sec