In His Own Words

Dr Hermann Beckler's Writings about His Journeys between the Darling River and Bulloo, 1860-1

Margaret Wood, TA Darragh

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

    Abstract

    This essay introduces eight reports by Dr Hermann Beckler of the nineteenth-century Victorian Exploring Expedition (better known as the Burke & Wills Expedition) from the State Library of Victoria, the Argus newspaper and a German publication. Together, their detail reflects the complexity of the Expedition. Many are also hand-written manuscripts in nineteenth-century script that are difficult to decipher. In Beckler's own words, the reports range from descriptions of the landscape and his journeys, to the plants he observed and collected, and a meteorological report. The detailed medical reports about his return journey to Bulloo provide extensive insight into the grievous suffering of the men (four deaths) in the drought stricken summer of the semi-arid desert north of the Darling River. After he returned home to Bavaria, Beckler published a second medical report on the same subject, translated here by Thomas Darragh.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)28-40
    Number of pages13
    JournalHistorical Records of Australian Science
    Volume27
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016

    Fingerprint

    Drought
    nineteenth century
    Rivers
    river
    Bavaria
    drought
    desert
    newspaper
    death
    Expedition
    Journey

    Cite this

    @article{16eb45d8766c4707a2728cbdc0d8bb39,
    title = "In His Own Words: Dr Hermann Beckler's Writings about His Journeys between the Darling River and Bulloo, 1860-1",
    abstract = "This essay introduces eight reports by Dr Hermann Beckler of the nineteenth-century Victorian Exploring Expedition (better known as the Burke & Wills Expedition) from the State Library of Victoria, the Argus newspaper and a German publication. Together, their detail reflects the complexity of the Expedition. Many are also hand-written manuscripts in nineteenth-century script that are difficult to decipher. In Beckler's own words, the reports range from descriptions of the landscape and his journeys, to the plants he observed and collected, and a meteorological report. The detailed medical reports about his return journey to Bulloo provide extensive insight into the grievous suffering of the men (four deaths) in the drought stricken summer of the semi-arid desert north of the Darling River. After he returned home to Bavaria, Beckler published a second medical report on the same subject, translated here by Thomas Darragh.",
    author = "Margaret Wood and TA Darragh",
    year = "2016",
    month = "6",
    doi = "10.1071/HR16012",
    language = "English",
    volume = "27",
    pages = "28--40",
    journal = "Historical Records of Australian Science",
    issn = "0727-3061",
    publisher = "C S I R O Publishing",
    number = "1",

    }

    In His Own Words : Dr Hermann Beckler's Writings about His Journeys between the Darling River and Bulloo, 1860-1. / Wood, Margaret; Darragh, TA.

    In: Historical Records of Australian Science, Vol. 27, No. 1, 06.2016, p. 28-40.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

    TY - JOUR

    T1 - In His Own Words

    T2 - Dr Hermann Beckler's Writings about His Journeys between the Darling River and Bulloo, 1860-1

    AU - Wood, Margaret

    AU - Darragh, TA

    PY - 2016/6

    Y1 - 2016/6

    N2 - This essay introduces eight reports by Dr Hermann Beckler of the nineteenth-century Victorian Exploring Expedition (better known as the Burke & Wills Expedition) from the State Library of Victoria, the Argus newspaper and a German publication. Together, their detail reflects the complexity of the Expedition. Many are also hand-written manuscripts in nineteenth-century script that are difficult to decipher. In Beckler's own words, the reports range from descriptions of the landscape and his journeys, to the plants he observed and collected, and a meteorological report. The detailed medical reports about his return journey to Bulloo provide extensive insight into the grievous suffering of the men (four deaths) in the drought stricken summer of the semi-arid desert north of the Darling River. After he returned home to Bavaria, Beckler published a second medical report on the same subject, translated here by Thomas Darragh.

    AB - This essay introduces eight reports by Dr Hermann Beckler of the nineteenth-century Victorian Exploring Expedition (better known as the Burke & Wills Expedition) from the State Library of Victoria, the Argus newspaper and a German publication. Together, their detail reflects the complexity of the Expedition. Many are also hand-written manuscripts in nineteenth-century script that are difficult to decipher. In Beckler's own words, the reports range from descriptions of the landscape and his journeys, to the plants he observed and collected, and a meteorological report. The detailed medical reports about his return journey to Bulloo provide extensive insight into the grievous suffering of the men (four deaths) in the drought stricken summer of the semi-arid desert north of the Darling River. After he returned home to Bavaria, Beckler published a second medical report on the same subject, translated here by Thomas Darragh.

    UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84969799462&partnerID=8YFLogxK

    U2 - 10.1071/HR16012

    DO - 10.1071/HR16012

    M3 - Review article

    VL - 27

    SP - 28

    EP - 40

    JO - Historical Records of Australian Science

    JF - Historical Records of Australian Science

    SN - 0727-3061

    IS - 1

    ER -