Edward John Eyre


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Eyre, Edward John

 

Born Aug. 5, 1815, in Hornsea, Yorkshire; died Nov. 30, 1901, near the city of Tavistock. British explorer of Australia.

In 1839, Eyre explored the Flinders Ranges and the valley of the Murray River, discovered Lake Torrens and Lake Eyre, and explored the Eyre Peninsula. In 1840 and 1841, he made a journey along the southern coast of Australia. The lake and peninsula named after Eyre are located in South Australia.

WORKS

Journals of Expeditions of Discovery Into Central Australia, vols. 1–2. Adelaide, 1964.

REFERENCE

Svet, Ia. M. Istoriia otkrytiia i issledovaniia Avstralii i Okeanii. Moscow, 1966.
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Eyre's Expedition Across the Nullarbor provides a good picture of the difficulties and hardships in the journey of Edward John Eyre and his Aboriginal servant Wylie from Fowler's Bay to Albany in 1840.
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Edward John Eyre, the first man to cross this desolate plain in 1840 and 1841 from east to west, had taken five months in a trek which saw the deaths of three of his party and left Eyre and his native tracker Wylie cresting a similar rise at the other side to see the little settlement of Albany, where they had long been given up for dead.