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Biographical entry Gosse, William Christie (1842 - 1881)

Born
11 December 1842
Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, England
Died
12 August 1881
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Occupation
Explorer and Surveyor

Summary

William Gosse was the first white man to discover Ayers Rock (now known as Uluru). This find was made during a South Australian government-backed exploration to find a crossing between Alice Springs and Perth. His party had to turn back before reaching Perth, but still managed to open up and map over 60,000 square miles of previously uncharted land. Prior to this trip, Gosse worked for the surveyor-general's office surveying the far north and south-eastern districts of South Australia.

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1850
Life event - Migrated to Australia (Adelaide) with family
1859 - 1874
Career position - Surveyor in the Surveyor-General's Office of South Australia
1872 - 1873
Career position - Leader of an expedition from Alice Springs to Perth
1873
Career position - Discovered and named Ayers Rock
1875 - 1881
Career position - Deputy Surveyor-General for South Australia

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Australian Botanists - Biographies, MS 064; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

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