Desert, Drought and Death


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The Border Exploration Syndicate Expedition to the Rawlinson Range 1899 – 1900 by Henry William Hill (edited by Mark Chambers and Peter J. Bridge) Following reports of gold in the far-off Rawlinson Range an expedition was organized by the Border Exploration Syndicate. This book is the story of the expedition as written by the leader, Henry W. Hill. Desert, Drought, and Death has all the hall-marks of a ‘ripping yarn’ – a lost gold reef of unparalleled proportions, hard men pitted against an inhospitable and unforgiving terrain, a deranged cameleer, blood lusting savages and triumph over adversity – yet is not. The book contains 26 appendices, on biographical notes on the expedition members, agreements and reports by members of the expedition, documents by Henry Hill on prospecting, documents on the death of Shannawaz, the Afghan camel driver including the names in facsimile of the Afghan petitioners, and indexes to the fauna and flora mentioned in the report. Contains two maps – the confidential leaders map, and that submitted to the W.A. Department of Mines. Case bound, dust jacketed, 158pp, illustrated. First published 2009

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