Journal of Australian Explorations 1846 – 1858


A & F Gregory


James C Beal, Government Printer, Brisbane, 1884. First Edition thus.  Missing title page and preface. Duodecimo, recased in blue boards. Complete text without illustrations.

Overall condition is Good although incomplete. First two pages have tape repairs and a section at the top of the page has been torn away, affecting the title on p1 and the first three lines of text on p2. No other tears or repairs. Some pages heavily underlined in pencil and annotated. Bookplate pasted onto front ep paste-down reads Ex Libris Forward Athol Mardon Douglas. Douglas was a mid-twentieth century zoologist at the Western Australia Museum.

Augustus C. Gregory was the most distinguished of three exploring brothers. Born in Farnsfield, Notts, on 1st August 1819, he was the second son of a retired army officer and joined the Western Australia Survey Department in 1841. In 1846, with his brothers Francis and Henry, he explored the area to the north of Perth, discovered and named Lake Moore and found coal in the River Irwin. Two years later, while examining the pastoral potential of the country inland from Shark Bay, he discovered lead in the Murchison River. On his expedition of 1855-6 through Queensland and Northern Territory, he discovered and named Sturt’s Creek which he traced for 300 miles.

In March 1858, Gregory led an expedition to search for Ludwig Leichardt’s party which had disappeared without trace in 1848. The party set out from Euroomba Station on the Dawson Ranges. After travelling for four weeks he found the letter ‘L’ cut into a tree and thus encouraged, he followed the Barcoo River to its junction with the Thomson River, and then proceeded along Cooper’s and Stzelecki Creeks as far as Lake Blanche. He arrived in Adelaide without finding the missing expedition.

Gregory became Surveyor-General of the newly established state of Queensland in 1859, serving in several official postions until his death in Brisbane in 1905. He was knighted in 1903 for his contribution to Australian exploration.