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Biographical entry Barnett, Emily Caroline (1860 - 1944)

Born
1 November 1860
Bay of Bengal, India
Died
11 November 1944
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Explorer

Summary

Caroline Barnett migrated to Australia in 1876 and left for Thursday Island in 1882. She joined Ernest Favenc's party, along with her husband Harry Creaghe, to explore a region in the Northern Territory bounded by Nicholson River, Powells Creek and the Macarthur River. The party arrived at Normanton by sea in January 1883. Favenc returned to Sydney with his sick wife while Caroline rode with four other men to Carl Creek station and headed back to Gregory Downs station where Favenc was waiting. The party set out westwards in April and reached Powells Creek in May. She headed back to Port Darwin with Harry and left for Sydney in August. From January 1883, Barnett kept a detailed diary that recorded descriptions of the trip including topography, vegetation, observations of frontier life, and commentary on white and Aboriginal relations.

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