In 1788, with the arrival of the first fleet, little was known about this wide brown land which we now call Australia. It was only through the courage and perseverance by many brave explorers, that the Australia we know today, was mapped. These explorers travelled into unknown country and waters, naming mountains, valleys, plains, lakes, rivers, deserts and mapping our coastline. They experienced extreme hardship and danger, many even dying, or like Leichhardt, disappearing into the desert, never to be seen again. They suffered disease, hunger, thirst and exhaustion, all the time facing overwhelming odds.
Why did they take such risks? Maybe for some it was part of the job, for others it was curiosity or a sense of adventure. Perhaps for some it was the hope of finding silver, gold or good land. Maybe they were searching for fame. Whatever, their reason, these brave men opened up Australia to settlement and allowed the colony to expand. In doing so, through their bravery, they wrote their names into the history of Australia.
Primary school children searching the Internet for information on Australian explorers often have difficulty finding information suitable for their year level. Hopefully, this page will provide them with an additional resource which they can access for help with school projects.
This page was created by Roma Reilly
Year 5 teacher Benowa State School
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Pictures of explorers and maps of their journeys published as
"Sixteen Explorers Of Australia" by the Bank of New