The Burke and Wills Expedition (now even dumber!), Part I
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On 20 August 1860, after years of stalling and squabbling among organisers, the most expensive overland expedition of its kind left Royal Park, Melbourne, amid much fanfare. Over-equipped and severely lacking in experienced explorers, the Victorian Exploring Expedition was a disaster before it had even left the boundaries of the park.

Hosts Luca and Ana explore a tale quite a bit closer to home, and learn about all the reasons Burke should never have been selected as leader of one of the most famous expeditions in Australian history.

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Many thanks to our composer and producer Marlon Grunden, who you can find at his website here.

Sources and further reading:

  • The Dig Tree by Sarah Murgatroyd
  • Guide to the Papers of Burke and Wills by the National Library of Australia
  • Burke and Wills Commission Report from the Parliament of Victoria
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