(1830–1908), the son of William Howitt, was born in Nottingham, England, and went with his father to the Victorian goldfields in 1852. In 1859 he explored the Lake Eyre region, and in 1861 he was sent by the Royal Society of Victoria to search for Burke and Wills; he arrived only in time to save King, and returned to Cooper's Creek to bring the bodies of Burke and Wills back to Melbourne for burial. One of the few explorers not to publish his journal, he later wrote prolifically in the fields of natural science and anthropology, e.g. The Native Tribes of South-East Australia (1904). His biography, Come Wind, Come Weather (1971), was written by his granddaughter Mary Howitt Walker.
From The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature in Oxford Reference.