His long experience in the Survey Office made him an unrivalled authority on such matters. For the text of James Dick's report on the Dickie, Dick and Sheffield traverse of the Mc Ilwraith Range; for a search in the archives of the Department for my missing map; for statistical and other information.
Cape York Peninsula, forming, as it does, the link binding the two great islands of Australia and New Guinea, is necessarily of the highest importance from a geological, ethnological, zoological, botanical, historical, political and strategical point of view.
A STUDY OF THE NARRATIVES OF ALL EXPLORERS BY SEA AND LAND IN THE LIGHT OF MODERN CHARTING, MANY ORIGINAL OR HITHERTO UNPUBLISHED DOCUMENTS, THIRTY-NINE ILLUSTRATIONS, AND SIXTEEN SPECIALLY PREPARED MAPS EX-GOVERNMENT GEOLOGIST, QUEENSLAND, PREVIOUSLY OF THE GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF SCOTLAND AUTHOR OF "HANDBOOK OF QUEENSLAND GEOLOGY"; "THE MINERAL WEALTH OF QUEENSLAND"; "THE BACK BLOCKS OF CHINA," ETC.
For portraits of Sir Augustus Gregory and Sir Thomas Mc Ilwraith, and for a mass of information re explorations, surveys, dates, names, etc., in answer to my inquiries extending over the last decade.
My practical interest in the Peninsula began with a tour made in 1879 in the course of my Geological Survey work.
On my way to the recently rushed and still more recently abandoned "Coen" gold diggings, I crossed the base of the then almost unknown Cape Melville Peninsula, where I found indications of auriferous country, and also the rivers south of Princess Charlotte Bay, down which the unfortunate explorer Kennedy had struggled in vain to keep his appointment with the relief ship twenty-two years earlier.
Queensland 4-mile Map 18C and Part of 18D, with Additions from Admiralty Chart.
Shows Sea Route of "Endeavour" (Cook), 1770: and Land Routes of Leichhardt, 1845; Kennedy, 1848; Hann, 1872; Mulligan, 1873-75; Dickie, 1901.
Queensland 4-mile Map, Sheet 20B, with Additions from Admiralty Chart.