This page, the last page in the loose-leafed volume of Gilbert’s diary, has had a large piece torn from the bottom left-hand side (the shape does not appear to match any of the paper fragments). Some of this piece was obviously missing when Gilbert used it, as only a few words are missing on each line but it has since frayed. Some of the entry for Thursday 19th June 1845 is therefore missing.The words in square brackets are best guesses at the words Gilbert used.
Square-tailed Kite, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Whistling Kite, Little Woodswallow, Black-faced Woodswallow, White-breasted Woodswallow, Golden-shouldered Parrot?, Rainbow Lorikeet, Galah, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Budgerigar, Cockatiel, Restless Flycatcher, Willie Wagtail, Grey Fantail, Masked Finch, Black-throated Finch, Plum-headed Finch, Yellow Honeyeater, White-gaped Honeyeater, Noisy Friarbird, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Flock Bronzewing, Pied (and/or Little Pied) Cormorant.
McLaren thought Gilbert’s quarter-mile-long lagoon must have been erased by the Mitchell River swinging back against its left bank over the intervening 150 years. The Mitchell is indeed exceptionally wide at this point, and has a long stretch of permanent water. McLaren set the campsite at GR 205 896, a position which agrees with Leichhardt’s sketch map, apart from the missing lagoon. This campsite was not named by Leichhardt or Gilbert but the “Aligator” was a new animal for the expedition, so perhaps “The Camp of the Bellowing Animal” or “Crocodile Camp”?