A re-examination of William Hann's Northern Expedition of 1872 to Cape York Peninsula, Queensland

Peter Illingworth Taylor*, Nicole Huxley

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    William Hann's Northern Expedition set off on 26 June 1872 from Mount Surprise, a pastoral station west of Townsville, to determine the mineral and agricultural potential of Cape York Peninsula. The expedition was plagued by disharmony and there was later strong criticism of the leadership and its failure to provide any meaningful analysis of the findings. The authors (a descendent of Norman Taylor, expedition geologist, and a descendent of Jerry, Indigenous guide and translator) use documentary sources and traditional knowledge to establish the role of Jerry in the expedition. They argue that while Hann acknowledged Jerry's assistance to the expedition, his role has been downplayed by later commentators.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)67-82
    Number of pages16
    JournalHistorical Records of Australian Science
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

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