• Bass and Flinders

    George Bass and Matthew Flinders were the last of the great maritime explorers of the Australian coastline. In a number of voyages, they helped to map out the shape of the Australian continent and the island of Tasmania

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  • Burke and Wills

    The Great Northern Exploration Expedition was headed by Burke which aimed to cross Australia from Melbourne up to the northern coastline.

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  • George Evans

    Evans was a surveyor and an explorer who in 1815 was the first colonial explorer to enter the Lachlan River Valley, naming the area the Oxley Plains

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  • Matthew Flinders

    Flinders sailed around the Australian coastline to chart parts that were still unknown. He set sail in July 1801 from England and first reached Australia at the south western tip.

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  • Ernest Giles

    In 1865 Giles explored the west of the Darling River in search of land that was suitable for pastoral us

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  • Hume and Hovell

    Hume and Hovell's expedition was to find out what kind of landscape lay to the south of the Murrumbidgee River.

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  • Thomas Mitchell

    Mitchell was a major in the army he was a naturalist, a draughtsman and surveyor, a scholar and an explorer. But he was known to be blunt and quick tempered and was often hard to get along with.

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  • John Oxley

    Oxley conducted a survey of Westernport on Bass Strait, among other duties in New South Wales and Van Diemen’s Land. He sailed to England in 1810 for a brief visit. In 1812 he was appointed Surveyor-General of New South Wales.

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