Exploration Expedition. Letter from Commander Norman, reporting the Return of the 'Victoria' from the Gulf of Carpentaria; together with Reports and Correspondence. [Offered together with] Report of Commander Norman, of HMCS 'Victoria', together with Copy of his Journal on the late Expedition to the Gulf of Carpentaria
Melbourne, Government Printer, 1862 and 1862.
Folio, two papers, 51 and 31 pages.
Titling-wrappers, stab-sewn as issued; a few uncut edges a little foxed; an excellent pair.
Victorian Parliamentary Papers Number 108 and 109 of 1861-2. The expedition was 'for the purpose of rendering relief, if possible, to the missing explorers under the command of Mr Burke; and directing the movements of the two land parties organized and despatched on the same mission of humanity, from Brisbane and Rockhampton' (under Landsborough and Walker respectively). Paper 109 gives Norman's account of the activities of his own party; Paper 108, in spite of its prosaic title, is almost exclusively devoted to detailed accounts by Landsborough (33 pages) and Walker (16 pages). Landsborough's reports include an account of the voyage and wreck of the hired transport 'Firefly'; two on the Albert River and the surrounding country, and the journal of his south-western expedition (20 pages). Walker's reports include the journal of his expedition from Rockhampton to the Albert River (12 pages; its first and only publication). Three maps are referred to in the list of contents of Paper 108; these maps are rarely seen and were apparently issued only in copies made available to Victorian Members of Parliament. [$600-800].