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John Gilbert diary entry

4 November 1844

Page 105. Volume 1

he has determined to go on. Charlie went off in pursuit of the Bullocks, and return=ed with them by nine o'clock. What with horses missing, and two persons less we were not fully prepared till 12 o'clock, the day was very hot, yet we thought it better to proceed if only for a short distance, as our Bullocks had so long a rest, we calculated on having considerable trouble, but to our agreable surprise they went on very quietly and we pushed on, at first following up the general course of the creek in about a N.N.W course the scrub edging close upon the banks till the creek entirely disappeared in flats α was lost in the scrub. in about five miles we came to very thick brush of sapling Iron Bark α Box α c, for 3½ miles of this we pushed through successfully when we came to the Brigalo scrub, through which we found an opening in a little narrow belt, steering our course all this time we then passed through more of the thickets for about 2 miles, when we came upon a slight fall in the land to the Northward, down this fall we proceeded when it soon assumed the features of a regular gully the land rising on each side of us into regular ridges and as we still descended they became more bro=ken, and here and there detached conical hills, when

about a mile down the most picturesque country we have yet travelled over suddenly burst open to our eager gaze, tolerably clear of heavy timber, and beautifully undulating, the whole being covered with the most luxuriant grass, and different species of Composita gave to the whole, one of the most pleasing scenes we have witnessed since leaving the Downs although the soil is light α sandy. the sides and tops of the hills are firm ground generally and tolerably well suited for sheep and cattle. we camped at a small water hole in the Gully73, the course of the gully we followed down was about N 10 E. having made so late a departure, we did not get to camp till near five o'clock, which gave us but little time to look about; In a N W direction from our Camp at a distance of about a quarter of a mile we ascended a curious conical hill, of Sand stone, from which we could see around to some extent, and the country around us appeared to present the same general features, the only real fall appearing to be in a N.W. direction, so that we are in hopes we have at last hit upon the regular first fall of Northern falls. still there is no change in the vegetation

the Timber being Iron bark - Box, and the rough-barked Gum which Mitchell calls Yara.

Our days distance about 12 miles giving us on a N W course 10 miles.

Note 73

The party must have traced Back Creek to its head, and then followed on to the north until they hit the White Creek area. Glen McLaren describes this as being still very picturesque in 1991, with large river gums growing in the creek beds, and differently-coloured outcrops of sandstone. He estimates their camp was on White Creek at GR 215 116 (Guluguba sheet 8945). At this point the creek spreads out into a beautifully-grassed area.