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William Landsborough

(1825—1886) explorer in Australia


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(1825–86) was the Scots-born son of a clergyman who emigrated to NSW in 1841 and became an expert bushman. In 1861–62 he led a search party for Burke and Wills; although unsuccessful in the search, he completed the first north-south crossing of the continent, discovering good grazing land in the process. His Journal of Landsborough's Expedition from Carpentaria, in Search of Burke and Wills and Landsborough's Exploration of Australia from Carpentaria to Melbourne, ed. J.S. Laurie, were published in 1862 and 1866 respectively. They stirred pastoral interest in the Gulf country, as Mary Durack's Kings in Grass Castles (1959) demonstrates. His pioneering role is recalled in Bowen Downs, 1863–1963 (1963), ed. D.S. Macmillan, and is commemorated by townships in Queensland and Victoria.

From The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature in Oxford Reference.

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