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08-November-2013
08-November-2013

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

Grave commemortes John King, the only survivor of the Burke and Wills expedition .

King was the sole survivor of the ill fated Burke and Wills expedition .  The expedition of Burke, Wills, Gray and KIng left Cooper's Creek on the 16th December, 1860 and reached Carpentaria in February, 1861. After much hardship, Gray died on the return journey and the rest of the party reached Cooper's Creek in an exhausted state on the 21st April 1861. Unfortunately the Depot Party, commanded by Mr Brahe had left the same day.

The surviving trio made several attempts to escape from Cooper's Creek but were unable to do so and eventually Burke and Wills both died from hunger and exhaustion. John King survived with the assistance of the Yandruwandha people until he was rescued by Alfred Howitt. King never fully recovered from his ordeal and died at the age of 31 on the 16th January 1872. 

Location

Address:College Crescent, Melbourne General Cemetery, Parkville, 3052
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.787367
Long: 144.964617
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Discovery

Dedication

Front Inscription

To The Memory Of  JOHN KING

Sole Survivor Of The BOURKE (sic) And Will's Exploration Party Left To Recount The  Events Of That Expedition 

Deceased 15 Jan 1872

Aged 31 Years

 

Source: MA
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