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Biographical entry Gosse, William Christie (1842 - 1881)

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


William Gosse was the first European to discover Uluru (previously known as Ayers Rock). 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.



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
Career position - Discovered and named Ayers Rock
1875 - 1881
Career position - Deputy Surveyor-General for South Australia

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Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

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

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