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A monument commemorates the 1939  Simpson Desert Expedition led by Cecil T. Madigan.  The Simpson is a sand-ridge desert extending approximately 322 kilometres west to east, the ridges running parallel from north to south at approximately half a kilometre intervals, some reaching as high as 30 metres.

Madigan planned a ground crossing in the winter of 1939. A party of nine, including a biologist, a botanist, a photographer and a radio operator, with nineteen camels, made the exhausting crossing from Andado station in the Northern Territory to Birdsville in twenty-five days. It verified Madigan`s previous conclusions that the area was a wasteland.

This last classic Australian exploration adventure pioneered the use of mobile radio communication; national broadcasts were made through the Australian Broadcasting Commission from desert camps. The scientific results were published and also a popular account, "Crossing the Dead Heart" (Melbourne, 1946).

Location

State:NT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -24.57501
Long: 135.723611
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Exploration
Actual Event STart Date:05-June-1939
Actual Event End Date:07-June-1939
Link:http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonli…

Dedication

Front Inscription

On June 5th 1939
THE SIMPSON DESERT EXPEDITION 1939
Led By Cecil T. Madigan M.A., D.Sc., B.E., F.G.S
Erected This Cairn On This Hill Near The Junction Of The Hale
And The Todd And Recorded The Names Of Members
Of The Party On A Note Left In A Tobacco Tin.

The Expedition Successfully Crossed The Simpson Desert By Camel
From This Point To Birdsville Via The Hay River And The Mulligan.  
The Party Arrived In Birdsville On July 6th 1939

Members Of The Party Were : -

Cecil T. Madigan.  Geologist.  University of Adelaide
Robert L. Crocker  Botanist.                    Albert Hubbard  Cook.
Harold O Fletcher  Palaeontologist.      Jack Beejah  Camel Driver.
Robert Sampson   Wireless Operator.   Noorie Moosha  Camel Driver.
David Marshall      Photographer.          Andy  Black tracker.
Lali. Aboriginal Guide, Provided By Bob McDill Of Andada Station.

In 1916 T. E. Dale Surveyor General Of South Australia Also
Passed This Point On A Traverse From
Charlotte Waters To The MacDonnell Ranges.
This Later Cairn Was Erected By R. C. & G. A. F. Sprigg And
D. Von Sanden Of Adelaide And Leo. J. Corbett Of Alice Springs

May 1962
Geosurveys of Australia Ltd And Beach Petroleum N. L. 

 

Back Inscription

THE SIMPSON DESERT EXPEDITION
1939

Dr C. T. Madigan With 8 Men And 17 Camels Left This Point On 7th June 1939 And Arrived At Birdsville 29 Days Later

Erected By The Royal Geographical Society Of Australasia South Australian Branch

1962

Source: MA
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