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Biographical entry Burke, Robert O'Hara (1821 - 1861)

Born
1821
St Clerans, County Galway, Ireland
Died
1861
Australia
Occupation
Explorer

Summary

Robert O'Hara Burke was the leader of an expedition which was the first to cross Australia from south to north in 1860-61.

Details

Born St Clerans, County Galway, Ireland, 1821. Died Coopers Creek, 1861. Educated Woolwich Academy. Lieutenant in a cavalry regiment, Austrian army till 1848; Irish Mounted Constabulary 1848-53; migrated to Australia 1853; acting inspector at Carlsruhe, Victoria police 1853; senior inspector, Beechworth 1854-58; superintendent of police, Castlemaine district 1858-60; led expedition to cross the continent from south to north organised by the Royal Society of Victoria and supported by the government; reached the Gulf of Carpentaria but died of starvation at Coopers Creek on the way back.

Published resources

Books

  • Bonyhady, Tim, Burke and Wills: from Melbourne to myth, David Ell Press, Balmain (N.S.W.), 1991, 383 pp. Details
  • Joyce, E. Bernie and Mccann, Douglas A., Burke and Wills: the Scientific Legacy of the Victorian Exploring Expedition, CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, 2011, 368 pp. Details
  • Murgatroyd, Sara, The Dig Tree: the Story of Burke and Wills, Text Publishing, Melbourne, 2000, 372 pp. Details

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • Fitzpatrick, Kathleen, 'The Burke and Wills Expedition and the Royal Society of Victoria', Historical Studies, vol. 40, May, 1963. Details
  • Phoenix, Dave, ''All Burke's Books &c Have Been Saved': the Burke and Wills Papers in the State Library of Victoria', La Trobe Journal, vol. 86, 2010, pp. 3-22. Details

Reviews

  • Garden, Don, review of Joyce, E. Bernie and Mccann, Douglas A., Burke and Wills: the scientific legacy of the Victorian Exploring Expedition (2011), Victorian Historical Journal, vol. 86, no. 2, 2015, pp. 385-7. Details
  • Morton, Anne, review of Joyce, E. Bernie and Mccann, Douglas A., Burke and Wills: the Scientific Legacy of the Victorian Exploring Expedition (2011), Victorian naturalist, vol. 129, 2012, p. 122. Details

Online Resources

See also

McCarthy, G.J.