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John Gilbert diary entry

6 November 1844 - 7 November 1844

Page 107. Volume 1

[“more” - page torn and word erased] elevated than the immediate banks of [the] river, we were stopped in our course by a dense Brigalo scrub, we then steered off in a W

direction to meet the Dr edging the scrub we fol=lowed down a small chain of water holes running through an Acacia Brush, on the banks of the river we met the Bullocks, the Dr proceeding on by a W N W course across several ridges of sand-stone cutting off an angle of the river when we came upon a broad open flat very thickly clothed with luxuriant grass where we camped at a re=markable spot having 6 Gum trees forming almost a semicircle a few yards above the bank of the river78. all the pools having numbers of ducks we were enabled to get a larger supply than at any time since our departure from the Downs, A few Kangaroo's [sic] were seen, but the day was too hot to give them a chance of killing, our course during the day was about N 65 W. and distance 10 miles. Observations this morning gave us Lat 26-4. A Creek with large water holes about 2 miles down the river joins in coming down from S W direction. and beyond this again to the S is a large Lagoon, seen by Charlie and crowded with ducks. Circular tree Camp.

Thurs Nov 7. Followed down the Dawson 8 miles, the course N 15 W. the country if any thing improving as we advance, during the journey I kept about from ½ to a mile dis=tant from the Drs line taking with me the dogs with which I succeeded in killing a Kangaroo, as I travelled on more on the hills than the Bullocks which were kept on the Dawson flats, I had an opportunity of seeing more of the country, the whole of which presented as fine a Sheep α Cattle country as any I have seen between the Namoi α Darling Downs, in general features α vegetation, it very closely resembles the Iron bark country between the MacIntyre α Severn. occasionally I mounted the clear tops of the hills, from which I had an un=interrupted view of the whole country we have passed over from the Table land. as we advance with the Dawson the country declines, for the ridges and the Table land now assumes the character of very high land. a range runs the whole distance parrallel [sic]

with the Dawson on its left bank varying from 2 to 5 miles distant, many parts of the tops of this range, which is tolerably even presents open spots apparantly well clothed with grass; This range also appears

Note 78

McLaren concluded that Circular Tree Camp was at Guluguba sheet 8945: GR 037 176, near where watercourses come into Roche Creek both from the north and from the south. The expedition had followed the present Roche Creek westwards to just south-west of Collingwood Station, on the Nathan Road. During the day they passed over luxuriously-grassed black whinstone soil plains, to the north of the river, which Leichhardt called after Calvert. At some point during the day Gilbert collected eggs of the Squatter Pigeon Geophaps scripta; these are now in the Natural History Museum’s substation at Tring – BMNH 1865.2.3.59 & 60, 2 eggs labelled by Gilbert “Nov 6. 1844” but with no locality.