Narrative of the Overland Expedition of the Messrs. Jardine from Rockhampton to Cape York, Northern Queensland eBook

Francis Lascelles Jardine
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trees, which had been blown down by the storm of the 30th December, over and amongst which the weak horses kept constantly falling.  The country changed into red sandy ridges, shewing an outcrop of sandstone, timbered with tall straight saplings of stringy-bark and bloodwood, the larger timber having in all cases been blown down.  Some grass-tree country was also passed, covered with quartz pebbles, white, or colored with oxide of iron.  The distance accomplished was 14 miles on a course of N.E. by N. (Camp LVII.  Nonda.) A heavy thunder-storm broke at night, followed by steady rain.

‘January’ 2.—­The heavy rain, boggy soil, and recent long stages made it necessary to turn out the cattle during the last night, as the poor animals had so little chance of feeding during the day.  They were, however, gathered by the time the horses were ready in the morning, having, probably, but little temptation to stray on the boggy ground.  The country traversed was similar to that of yesterday, and very much encumbered with fallen timber.  The grasses, though thin, are of the best quality.  Altogether the interval between Kendall Creek and to-night’s camp, a distance of 30 miles, would make a fine cattle run, being watered at every six or seven miles by running creeks, besides a large swamp.  It was found to be an extensive plateau, sloping away to the eastward, terminating abruptly in a perpendicular wall, overlooking the valley, on the head of which the party camped.  The camp was one of the best of the whole journey, being pitched on a grassy rise, sloping gently to the eastward, and was a grateful relief after the barren and waterless camps of the journey.  The latitude was 13 degrees 47 seconds.  Distance 16 miles. (Camp LVIII.)

‘January’ 3.—­This morning the creek was followed down to near its junction with a large sandy stream, coming from the north-east, which was named Kinloch Creek, in honor of John Kinloch, Esq., Mathematical Master of Sydney College.  It was plentifully watered, and remarkable for presenting the only iron-bark trees that were seen since leaving the Einasleih.  At 8 and 12 miles, two small very boggy creeks were crossed, the first of which had to be bridged.  Their banks were very unsound and swampy, covered with tea-tree, pandanus, ferns, and all kinds of valueless underwood.  They were full of lilies, and appeared to be constantly running, from which it was conjectured that they must take their rise from springs.  On passing the last, the party emerged on to poorly grassed, desolate-looking sandstone ridges, covered with grass-tree and zamia.  A pine-tree ridge was then passed, and a camp formed on a small water-course beyond, the total distance being 16y miles on a bearing of N.N.E. 1/2 N. The latitude was ascertained to be 13 degrees 35 minutes 54 seconds S. During the day red kangaroos were seen, also the Torres Straits pigeon, and two black cockatoos, with very large stiff crest, crimson cheeks, and large black bill, the rest of the body black.  This was the (’Microglossus Aterrimus’), a species peculiar to Northern Australia.  It is nearly one-third larger in size than the common black cockatoo, from which it is mainly distinguished by the color of the bill, which is black. (Camp LIX.  Bloodwood.)

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