A spell-binding book.
In 1860, an eccentric Irish police officer named Robert O'Hara Burke led a cavalcade of camels, wagons and men out of Melbourne. Accompanied by William Wills, a shy English scientist, he was prepared to risk everything to become the first European to cross the Australian continent.
A few months later, an ancient coolibah tree at Cooper Creek bore a strange carving: Dig Under 3ft NW. Burke, Wills and five other men were dead. The expedition had become an astonishing tragedy.
Sarah Murgatroyd reveals new historical and scientific evidence to tell the story of the disaster with all its heroism and romance, its discoveries, coincidences and lost opportunities.
The Dig Tree by Sarah Murgatroyd
This is a fantastic read for anyone at all interested in the history of Australia. In a very readable form it tells the story of Burke and Wills and their crossing of Australia from South to North. It tells it as it was and you realise what an incompetent Burke was in this quest. A quest that ended in the death of the principals and many others. Do yourself a favour and download the audiobook or get a copy of the book.