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John Gilbert diary entry

24 October 1844 - 25 October 1844

Page 95. Volume 1

delayed fully two hours, not so much from its being an indifferent crossing place but from the stubbornness of one of our Bullocks, in refusing to go up the bank after crossing the stream; and again in one of the horses which was carrying our whole stock of Tea falling off the bank into the stream, and completely saturating the whole of the bags. after we had fairly crossed the Creek, we steered all round the compass to avoid the numerous swamps and rivulets50 which seemed to be collected here in this one little spot from every possible dire=ction; to steer clear between these and avoid bogging our Bullocks was our principal care for the first mile. after this we went on in a N.W. course for about a mile through an Iron bark, Casuarina, Cypress Pine α c forest, and again came upon a chain of Lagoons, beside one of which we brought up for the day, mak=ing but the short stage of about 3 miles on our course, although the actual distance with [will?] be little less than 6 miles, for the day. Yesterday and this morning certain evidences of Natives being immediately in our vicinity but as yet none have shown themselves. On observing the two species of Ptilotis I have killed51 I remarked during a ramble this afternoon, that P. chrysops, possesses a very loud and at times rather a pleasing note, on the whole very much resembling Glyciphila ocularis, while P. fusca, has only a succession of tweet tweet like notes. I observed a pair of Acanthogenys52 to day, the first I have seen since our departure from the Downs, its style of guttural note is very similar to the genus Anthochaera. Lat: 26-26-0. (Days Dist 5 miles)53

Friday Oct 25. To days route took us over a totally dif=ferent style of country, over a succession of ridges of very moderate elevation most of which was of Sandstone formation, but occasionally we crossed ironstone, the whole days route extended over 11 miles of country in a N W direction and nearly the whole distance through a very thickly timbered and occasionally brushy country. in several places we had to avoid thick Acacia scrubs; the Iron bark α Cypress still abundant in one spot. between two hills we crossed a small plain a curious clear open flat spot of about a hundred acres in extent, this is the largest opening we have yet seen and we were in hopes we were on the point of entering an open country, having been so long buried in the depths of a dense forest we shall all of [us, missing] hail with some pleasure any

Note 50

In 1878 the construction of the railway through this area was delayed by flooding, and the rail terminal for some time existed at what is now Miles (named after William Miles, owner of "Dulacca" Station) (R.G.S.Q. Trek Notes 1990).

Note 51

The specimens of the two species Gilbert was referring to must be LIV D.1036s, a female Yellow-faced Honeyeater Lichenostomus chrysops collected on October 15th (October 17th according to Gilbert’s diary) and LIV D1019s, a male Fuscous Honeyeater Lichenostomus fuscus collected on October 22nd (23rd according to Gilbert’s diary). Both specimens are now in the National Museums Liverpool.

Note 52

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater Acanthagenys rufogularis.

Note 53

For the campsite for October 24th, see the Guluguba sheet 8945: GR 361 762. The creek they camped on is shown, but not named, on this map. They were about a mile north of its junction with Dogwood Creek.