Cooper's Creek

Cooper s Creek The first fully documented story of the strange drama familiar to every Australian child that took place in the remote interior of Australia years ago More than any other incident in Australia s h

  • Title: Cooper's Creek
  • Author: Alan Moorehead
  • ISBN: 9781842124062
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Paperback
  • The first fully documented story of the strange drama familiar to every Australian child that took place in the remote interior of Australia 150 years ago More than any other incident in Australia s history the story of Burke, the dashing but inexperienced expedition leader and Wills, his heroic second in command, evokes the memory of the early settlers and the seeminThe first fully documented story of the strange drama familiar to every Australian child that took place in the remote interior of Australia 150 years ago More than any other incident in Australia s history the story of Burke, the dashing but inexperienced expedition leader and Wills, his heroic second in command, evokes the memory of the early settlers and the seemingly insurmountable odds they sought to overcome From the days the expedition set off from the rich, gold rush town of Melbourne through the triumphant crossing of the continent to the heartbreaking return to base camp at Cooper s Creek, this is an epic adventure in the grand manner told by a master.

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    1. Alan Moorehead

      Alan Moorehead was lionised as the literary man of action the most celebrated war correspondent of World War II author of award winning books star travel writer of The New Yorker pioneer publicist of wildlife conservation At the height of his success, his writing suddenly stopped and when, 17 years later, his death was announced, he seemed a heroic figure from the past His fame as a writer gave him the friendship of Ernest Hemingway, George Bernard Shaw and Field Marshall Montgomery and the courtship and marriage of his beautiful wife Lucy Milner After 1945, he turned to writing books, including Eclipse, Gallipoli for which he won the Duff Cooper Prize , The White Nile, The Blue Nile, and finally, A Late Education He was awarded an OBE in 1946, and died in 1983.

    623 thoughts on “Cooper's Creek”

    1. I would assume every Australian knows the story of Burke & Wills to cross the Australian continent in 1861 like every Brit knows the later Scott of the Antarctic. Like the Antarctic expedition the planning and strategy was haphazard and the choice of a leader was perhaps not ideal. Like Scott they were also plagued by extraordinarily bad luck. And like Scott, almost nothing of value was learned from the expensive fiasco. Wright becomes the villain as he selfishly delays to follow up the lead [...]


    2. The Burke and Wills monument in Melbourne in the eighteen-sixtiesHand written inscription:Best wishes fromEileen & KeithJuly 1966Opening: Here, perhaps more than anywhere, humanity had a chance to make a fresh start.Peppered with glossy photographs and sketches.From the authors note:Mr Sidney Nolan first suggested that I should write this book, and for this, as well as for his permission to reproduce here some of his splendid paintings, I most warmly thank him.5* The White Nile4* The Blue Ni [...]


    3. This book was not as good as I was hoping it would be. The story was inspiring and then at times very depressing, but I was disappointed at how it was told. The author made an extremely racist remark in the second sentence of the book and I had a hard time ever getting past that. He also spent the last third of the book giving the word for word details of the trial, and about his own journey to the Cooper. Not nearly as interesting as the actual expedition.The story deserves telling, but this bo [...]


    4. Highly recommended account of Burke and Wills expedition through the centre of Australia in the 1860s, even if some of the decisions of members of the expedition party remain a little mystifying even after finishing the book.I am not sure if there are any worse ways to expire than a very slow death as a result of starvation, malnutrition and exposure (not to mention thirst) over many weeks and even months, essentially the fate of the very brave but not entirely competent Burke and Wills and thei [...]


    5. Reading accounts of disastrous journeys—so abundant in tales of early exploration—I find it hard to decide which disasters seem the most poignant: the ones caused by human failings or those determined by chance. Both types play a role in Cooper’s Creek, Alan Moorehead’s gripping story of the Burke and Wills expedition into the center of Australia, a vast region of rugged climate and terrain, where summer temperatures can reach 150 degrees, so hot that a match dropped on the ground can ig [...]


    6. This is a wonderfully gripping account of the true story of Burke and Wills and their ill-fated journey into the heart of Australia. I was as gripped as by any thriller - by turns thrilled at their adventure and daring, horrified at the Committee that turned what should have been a journey of research and discovery into a race, and also ravished by the gorgeous descriptions of the Australian desert. Other books have been written since I think, about Burke and Wills, but surely none as personal a [...]


    7. Decent history of the doomed Burke/Wills expedition across Australia. The tale is not as interesting as I anticipated. The expedition was FUBAR from the get-go and I think the only reason it's so memorable is for the utterly horrific final doom which was Burke, Wills and King on the edge of death arriving at their supply depot only to find the rest of the expedition had left only hours previously. Truly shudder inducing but the rest is basically a tale of mismanagement on all levels.


    8. Exploration of Australia Mid -1800sGreat historical account of early exploration of interior of Australia. The bitter hardship undergone through a harsh land with its native people feeling both accommodating as well as threatening greetings. A tragic but epic account.


    9. This was an ok read about the exploration of the outback of Australia during the 1860's. It went on and on into the inquest after the disastrous expedition.



    10. Cooper's Creek is part of my pre-trip preparation for an upcoming visit to Australia, which makes me more interested than I might otherwise be. I'm enjoying learning about early settlers and explorers of the vast continent.I almost choked when I read the first paragraph of Moorehead's 1963 work.Here perhaps, more than anywhere, humanity had a chance to make a fresh start. The land was absolutely untouched and unknown, and except for the blacks, the most retarded people on earth, there was no sig [...]


    11. I have no connection with Australia at all but thought this looked interesting. Was surprised that it was such a good story. Learned a lot about the continent I had never known or imagined. It sounds vast and full of interesting wildlife and different terrains. I didn't understand at the end why they didn't learn to fish instead of relying on the aborigines to feed them. I hated to hear that Wills died he was a fav character of mine. Also surprising to me was how they could find no nutritious ve [...]


    12. Another outstanding history from Australian journalist Alan Moorehead (The White Nile). In this work, Moorehead addresses the ill-fated Burke-Wills expedition to explore Australia in the early 1860's. Written in his typical narrative style, Moorehead brings the details of the expedition to life with extensive use of the diaries, letters, and reports left behind by the men. He also examines the rescue missions to find Burke and Wills, the court of inquiry that was convened afterward to assign acc [...]


    13. The story of the tragic Burke-Wills trek across Australia in 1860-61. Selected by a committee to lead the expedition Robert Burke and the misbegotten exploration he led have to remind you very much of Scott and the South Pole. They had as much bad luck and near misses. It was the heat and lack of proper food that killed Burke and Wills. The Commission held after was evenhanded in parcelling out blame, as is Moorehead, but I think the main culprit was the committee. It's instructions for Burke we [...]


    14. Having read several of Moorehead's books before and being interested in filling in more of the ghastly blank which is my knowledge of the history of Australia, I eagerly snapped this up when found used at a local bookstore.Basically, it's the story of the European exploration of central Australia from about 1845 to 1862, focused on the Burke and Wills expedition of 1860-61, their deaths and the investigation which followed. As usual, Moorehead tells a great story, his history reading like a well [...]


    15. A good book to read before you visit Australia. This details the exploration of the interior in 1860 from Melbourne north to the Gulf of Captheria. It's just as barren now as you imagine and, even though the expedition was well supplied, many of the men left, died, or nearly starved. There was good insight to the natives who lived in tribes near the water holes. Early exploration books are always an adventure to read.


    16. This is a lively account of the Burke and Wills expedition from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria which is remembered mainly for being so ill-fated. The men's almost superhuman efforts and their incredibly bad luck are astounding. There are vivid descriptions of the Australian outback and some (politically incorrect by today's standards) passages on the Aborigines.


    17. Nothing wrong with this book. Moorehead is always fun, interesting, and says the things you most want to know. Since this is a book about exploration into the interior of Australia, it is somewhat limited in scope, thus the 3 stars. I compare him to himself, and he is awfully good. An important thing I learned: Australia as a whole was not settled by convicts--only New South Wales.


    18. Interesting account(s) of the exploration of Australia. A very interesting read but bogged down a little once in a while. As another reader already has pointed out, one thing I learned was that Australia was not totally settled by convicts, only NSW.


    19. I really like explorer/travel adventures. This book is a great examination of the opening of the Australian interior. So many potentially "minor" oversights by various members of the expeditions had catastrophic consequences. Tragic, but fascinating.


    20. Many interesting facts about the interior of Australia during the mid 1800s. Who knew they had special expeditions to cross the continent? The final pages of the story were about the investigation into possible wrong-doing. This became a little tedious.


    21. A true ventureRealism. This account speaks with authenticity. The failings of this expedition as well as its noble aspirations are depicted with strict adherence to first hand account sa good read


    22. An interesting account of the first exploration group to cross the interior of Australia from south to north. Also a tragic story since three of the four explorers died through a combination of poor planning, poor communication, and missed rescue opportunities.


    23. Very interesting read on the hapless excursion of Burke and Wills to make it to the northernmost end of Australia overland from the south. Great descriptions of flora and fauna, and pretty good storytelling too. Good read.


    24. Loved this book. A real tale of endurance beautifully written. Moorhead manages to keep the narrative moving along with incredible detail without getting bogged down in irrelevant bits just because he wanted to include every bit of research.


    25. This tragic story of Burke and Wills is deftly told including vivid detail without getting bogged. We can no longer make bold excursions into unknown territories without the benefit of tethers to civilisation. Well maybe Ranulph Fiennes finds such opportunities at the poles. I admire the boldness.






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