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John Gilbert diary entry

17 November 1844 - 18 November 1844

Page 114. Volume 1

Calvert α Charlie went back but did not succeed in finding her, we have now only two dogs to rely on neither of which are first rate105.

We succeeded in killing a fine Buck Kangaroo and this time without any injury to the dogs. the Dr so fond of the drying system, he came to the deter=mination of not allowing us to eat meat however abun=dant more than two meals per day, and dry all the meat we could cut off and keep us on the same allow=ance viz 3 lbs per day for the whole party, some rather angry discussion took place between several of us and the Dr but without producing any change in his determi=nation and the point was of course quietly given up and the Kangaroo cut up in slices for drying. which after two days drying succeeded as well as the beef on a former occasion.

Mond Nov 18. The Dr Calvert α myself, reconnoitring we first of all went down the Creek, imagining that it was a much larger stream than Palm tree Creek, but a very short distance down it disappeared in large reedy swamps, thus it is evidently a back water water only of the main creek, running east α west having on its banks Casuarina - Calathamnus α c as if a larger river, about East we kept for 3 miles, then turning off about S.E for 5 miles over clear hills interspersed with patches of Brigalo on one of the highest of the clear hills we

took the following bearings at the time about ¾ of a mile from the foot of Linds range106 and near the highest part Mount Lind.

Linds Range running in a S.E. α N.W. direction.

Gilberts " " " East α West. Dist 10 miles.

Middle or West part of Linds - N.E. α S.W. " 3 "

High mountain seen over the east slope of Gilberts

range bearing N 15 E. 40 miles dist.

Dawson range E α N.E. 15 miles dist.

We rode on in a parrallel [sic] direction West with Gilberts Range 6 miles. over clear hills. Dense Brigalo Scrub could be distinguished on the sides of all the ranges. from one hill we could trace down the broad Dawson valley for at least 50 miles, it is therefore without doubt an Eastern stream. during the whole time we were riding over the hills scarcely a drop of water was met with all the water courses some of which had very deep cut beds for the most part dry α cracking from the heat of the sun all their courses run apparantly into Palm tree Creek, which appears the outlet for all the waters collect=ed from the ranges and supply the Dawson, in returning we gave our horses their heads but instead of

Note 105

This marks the end of the passage referring to events on the 7th and 13th or 14th November.

Note 106

Lynd Range, which runs parallel to and south of the Robinson River, which was named that day after the young Quaker philanthropist Joseph "Humanity" Robinson.