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Dan Sprod, Leichhardt's expeditioners: in the Australian wilderness 1844-1845

Petrow, S 2007 , 'Dan Sprod, Leichhardt's expeditioners: in the Australian wilderness 1844-1845' , Tasmanian Historical Research Association Papers and Proceedings, vol. 54, no. 1 , pp. 66-67 .

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As founder of Blubber Head Press, and as an author in his own right, Dan Sprod has made a major contribution to Tasmanian and Australian history. His own books show
a preference for larger-than-life characters who did extraordinary things: Alexander Pearce, Edward Tregurtha, and Jorgen Jorgenson, to name a few. Sprod has also written
an admirable book on the German scientist and explorer Ludwig Leichhardt called Proud Intrepid Heart: Leichhardt's First Attempt to the Swan River, 1846-1847 (1989). In his new book, published in a limited edition of 750 copies, Sprod deals with Leichhardt's first successful expedition which left from Sydney on l October 1844 for Moreton Bay, the Darling Downs and ending with the garrison of Victoria Settlement, Port Essington,
now part of the Northern Territory. The journey of about 3,000 miles from the Darling Downs to Victoria Settlement, took Leichhardt's party a long fourteen-and-a-halfmonths,
ending on 17 December 1845. The soldiers at Victoria Settlement were astonished to find that the men had not perished in the wilderness.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Petrow, S
Journal or Publication Title: Tasmanian Historical Research Association Papers and Proceedings
Publisher: Tasmanian Historical Research Association
ISSN: 0039-9809
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