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The Dig Tree
"The legend of Burke and Wills has become part of Australian folklore. This quiz is based on information gathered from the book 'The Dig Tree', written by Sarah Murgatroyd."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
The expedition of 1860-1861 was the idea of what society in Victoria?
Explorers Society of Victoria
Scientific Society of Victoria
Royal Society of Victoria
Before being chosen to lead the expedition to the Gulf of Carpentaria, Robert O'Hara Burke was employed as what?
What was William Wills' official job during the exploration?
Who was not in the expedition party when it left Melbourne?
After tireless preparation, on what date did the Burke and Wills Expedition (although not titled that then) leave Melbourne?
May 20 1860
September 20 1860
August 20 1860
August 20 1861
Who was the first man to leave the expedition voluntarily?
When the convoy arrived in Swan Hill, what did Burke find waiting for him in an urgent telegram?
Marriage proposal from Julia Matthews
Warrant for his arrest
Instructions to turn the convoy around and head home to Melbourne
On October 1, as Burke was on his way to Menindee, he ordered that each man could only carry how many kilograms of personal equipment?
When did Burke and Wills arrive in Menindee?
In direct contravention of orders, Burke first split-up of his party occurred at Menindee. Who did Burke choose NOT to take with him on the trek of some 600 kilometres to Coopers Creek?
On October 30 at Torowoto, Burke once again changed his plans by sending a member back to Menindee with Aboriginal trackers to pick up the remainder of the stores and take them to Coopers Creek. Who was chosen?
When did Burke and Wills arrive on the red-clay shores of Coopers Creek?
At Coopers Creek, Burke split his party again. In his race for the top end, Burke thought it best to have only four men in total for the 3000 kilometre round-trip. Who was NOT chosen to go along?
On December 27, Burke and Wills hit the jackpot when they came across a river, part of the Georgina River system, that would take them almost directly north to the coast. What was the name of this river?
True or False: On January 30, 1861, Burke and Wills reached the east-west track crossed by August Gregory in 1856, thereby fulfilling the official responsibility of the expedition.
Burke and Wills reached the Gulf of Carpentaria, and gazed upon the ocean and swim in its water.
Tragedy begins: Out of the four men who had travelled north, who did not make it back to Coopers?
(Surname or both names)
On April 21, 1861, the northern group of the Burke and Wills expedition arrived back in Coopers/Camp 65 to find the campsite empty. By how much had the men missed Brahe and company?
Brahe left April 20
Brahe left the same day
Brahe had left after the three months had expired
Brahe left on April 1
Although under instructions to head to Coopers as soon as possible, when did William Wright finally leave for Coopers Creek?
January 26, 1861
February 26, 1861
December 26, 1860
November 25, 1860
Wright's trip north soon turned into one filled with no end of horrors. By the time they reach Bulloo Lakes, approx. 150 kilometres short of their destination, no man was in condition to carry on. Who was one of the few men not to die at Bulloo or on the journey back?
Seeing the Brahe had left, and with next to no supplies left, Burke decided to head for where?
Went cross-country to Brisbane
Followed Coopers Creek to reach Mt. Hopeless and Adelaide
Went via Broken Hill to Sydney
Followed original plan, trying to catch Brahe and head home to Melbourne
When did Wright's party of stragglers finally arrive back at Menindee?
Stuck on the shores of the Cooper with no supplies, Burke, Wills and King relied on the help of Aboriginal tribes. Which tribe supplied the three men with food and shelter?
On what date died Robert O'Hara Burke pass away?
June 30, 1861
July 21, 1861
June 28, 1861
On what date was King discovered?
September 30, 1861
September 11, 1861
September 22, 1861
September 15, 1861
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