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Records of the Burke and Wills Expedition

Identifier(s): MS 13071


Scope and Content

The records of the expedition, including correspondence, despatches and reports; the field notes of William John Wills (second in command); the minutes of the Royal Society (1857-1862); sketches of Ludwig Becker. Other groups relating to the various relief expeditions include the diaries of A.W. Howitt, records of W. Landsborough’s contingent party, and the expeditions of Captain Norman and F. Walker. Includes a testimonial to John King from East Collingwood Municipal Council, 16th December, 1861 and a certificate presented to John King, as the only survivor of the advanced party of the Victorian Exploration Expedition, also several other certificates (MC 5, DR 2) ; Agreements, dated 1860-1861 (MC 5, DR 6).


  • 1857-1873


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Historical Information

The Victorian Exploring Expedition organised by the Royal Society of Victoria for the purpose of traversing the Australian continent. The leader of the expedition was Robert O’Hara Burke.


2.62 linear metres




This descriptive list builds upon the original list created by the State Library of Victoria, and incorporates additional detailed data provided to the State Library by Dave Phoenix, president of Burke and Wills Historical Society and creator of Burke & Wills Web: the digital research archive.

The State Library of Victoria would like to thank Dave Phoenix for his assistance and support throughout the Burke and Wills Digitisation Project.
Guide to the Records of the Burke and Wills Expedition
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Repository details

Part of the Australian Manuscripts Collection, State Library Victoria Repository

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