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John Gilbert diary entry

20 November 1844 - 22 November 1844

Page 117. Volume 1

excepting little detached water holes, where the rock (Sandstone) peeped out of the bank, the whole bed of the water course is a white loose sand, and bears the marks of being subject to very rapid torrents. its course where we made it was a little south of East. following it up West on its left bank we encamped at a small water hole surrounded with reeds. Days Dist. 10½ miles112. At night we had several heavy showers of rain, in the small water hole we encamped on were the Cristus113. during the whole days route we did not see a single Palm. but the country generally bearing a great resemblance to the upper part of the Dawson, the Creeks α banks are ornamented with Casuarina and the high flats

with a tolerable sprinkling of Apple tree α c, but the soil light α rotten. The creek evidently the same as that we crossed yesterday.

Thurs 21. We were agreably surprised to day by the return of the Kangaroo dog we lost on the 18. We followed up the Creek which took us for the most part a Northerly α Westerly course, our medium course however was about N.W. by W. at three miles we came to the entrance of a rocky gorge up which the river bent its course. from this for the next 4 miles we were fairly for the first time wending our way in a mountainous part, crossing α recrossing the river several times, as=cending its steep banks α the sides of the hills the

whole of the latter distance, which rendered it very fatiguing work for both Bullocks α horses, the former however behaved admirably, in their endeavours to push their way up some very steep parts, their loads frequently shifted and were near tumbling off, with the

exception of one they would generally stand still till we relieved them, such would not have been the case two months ago. as we progressed up the river and came on higher land its bed contained more water, and in several places long reaches, and the bed generally densely clothed with reeds, its banks having Casuarina α the flooded Gum. a few Palm trees were observed; the Dr went out reconnoitring and came upon a native camp from one of the Huts he brought away two fishing nets, intend=ing tomorrow to leave something in return. all the banks of the Robinson (the Drs name for the Creek) are high and ridgy although covered with grass offers very little flat or level land.

Days dist. 7 miles114.

Friday 22 Nov. 25-28-0. Travelled over about 6 miles of the mountainous country we got upon yesterday but as we kept more on the table tops of the ridges had not so fatiguing a days march, from the tops of the hills we could frequently see around us. before us to the Westward, α Northward are a succession of Ranges all apparantly running East α West. with the exception of about 3/4 of a mile of Cypress brush, the whole of the hills travelled over to day were thinly timbered with White or Spotted Gum Stackculia115 - Iron Bark and forest Oak and many others common to the Morton Bay district. a few Palms only were

Note 112

"1st Camp at the Robinson" was at approximately GR 533 779 (Ghinghinda sheet 8847), close to the old Broadmere homestead.

Note 113

As suggested previously, these “Cristus” were probably Golden Perch Macquaria ambigua.

Note 114

This campsite on the Robinson River can be located on Glenhaughton sheet 8747 at GR 467 825, just east of the junction of the Robinson with Cabbage-Tree Gully. In 1991 Glen McLaren found this to be stunningly beautiful country, with a great variety of shady trees and bordered to the west by sandstone ridges.

Note 115