Fred Daniels: Exploring in Oz
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A Royal Scottish Geographical Society Talk by Fred Daniels, describing the trip he took with his wife over 6000 miles of Australia.
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Last year Fred and Rita Daniels spent six weeks on the road in Australia, covering 6000 miles. In this talk Fred will cover the first part of their journey which started in Melbourne. From there they travelled to Adelaide to pick up their camper van and then headed north through the deserts of South Australia.
Following in the footsteps of early explorers like John McDouall Stuart, Ernest Giles, and William Gosse they reached Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, with visits to the Breakaways, Coober Pedy, and Uluru (Ayers Rock) to name a few. Emulating the aboriginal peoples, they went walkabout, discovering along the way the need for care in these dry, inhospitable parts. After Alice Springs they turned east to avoid the problems in Queensland where torrential downpours had deposited more than forty feet of rain.
As well as describing the journey, Fred will tell us something of the geology of the parts of Australia that he and Rita visited and of the history of the aboriginal peoples.
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