Government Gazettes are a unique, useful and extremely fascinating resource for local, family and social historians and researchers in other fields throughout Australia. They were published by the government as a means of communication to officials and the general public and therefore contain information that is of great use in establishing an image of the colony of South Australia and its people in the past. They contain many thousands of names and places and information from a whole cross section of the community.
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From the South Australian Government Gazette, September 19, 1844.
Lake Bonney, September 2, 1844.
SIR—I do myself the honor of reporting to you, for His Excellency’s information, that I reached the place from which this is dated, on the 30th ultimo, and have since been employed in surveying the Lake, and Creek connecting it with the River Murray. I proceed, in the morning, towards Lake Victoria, and will forward charts of both by Mr. Eyre, when he leaves me.
The river being flooded, I am obliged to keep the upper ridges of sand, and the teams have the greater labour on that account, but I hope to reach Laidley's Ponds before the end of the month; and as Mr. Eyre proposes turning back from Lake Victoria, I shall endeavour to send natives from the upper branches of the Darling with an account of my proceedings in that neighbourhood, and of the prospects before me ; begging the Governor to bear in mind, that my desire is to turn Lake Torrens by its north east angle, and to gain a position, according to Lord Stanley's instructions, due north of Mount Arden.
I have, &c.,
P. S.—I may add that the men are looking very well, and the animals are in excellent working order; and that no accident of any kind has, as yet, occurred of any moment.
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