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A tree is a marker of the crossing of the Simpson Desert by camel by Cecil Madigan.

Madigan was fascinated with the Simpson Desert, and flew several reconnaissance flights over the area in 1929. It was this year that Madigan named the desert after Allen Simpson, the then President of the Royal Geographical Society in Adelaide, and a major financial backer of his work. It had previously been referred to as the Arunta Desert, or the far more evocative “Great Ribbed Desert”.

In 1939, Madigan mounted a very heavily equipped scientific expedition and crossed the Simpson Desert north of Colson’s route. Madigan’s crossing achieved such publicity that it completely overshadowed Colson’s. Madigan’s scientific contribution was considerable.


GPS Coordinates:Lat: -26.116883
Long: 134.850003
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:Landscape
Approx. Event Start Date:1939
Approx. Event End Date:1939
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