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AN OLD EXPLORER.

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PERTH, November 15. The death is announced'of Ernest Giles, the explorer. Mennell'a 'Australasian Biography 1 contains the following account of the deceased : Gile?, Ernest, F.K.G.S., the well-known explorer, son of William Giles and Jane Elizabeth his wife, was born at Bristol, educated at Christ's Hospital, London, and after leaving school joined his father and family in South Australia, to which colony they had preceded him. In 1852 ha went to the .Viotorian goldfield?, an-1 subsequently became a clerk in the post office, Melbourne, and afterwards in the county court. Resignitg his clerkship, he joined an exploring party in Queensland, and, after several expeditions, made his first memorable journey on his own account in the year 1872. In August of that year, with the assistance of his steadfast friend Baron Von Mueller and his own slender resources, he managed to equip a light party, and penetrated into some fine country about 250 miles west of the great overland telegraph line between Adelaide and Port Darwin. The qualities shown on this expedition brought him friends. On a second appeal by Baron Von Mueller a fund was raised by the liberality of some wealthy Victorians and some assistance from the South Australian Government, and Mr Giles again set out with a party of four white men and twentyfour horses. He remained in the field, constantly endeavoring to reach the western coast, for one year, when, his provisions having given out and the party reduced to living on their horsee, he made his way back to the fettled districts of South Australia through great hardships, having adiltd some 700 miles to previous knowledge of the interior. In 1875 ho was fitted out by that munificent patron of exploration Sir Thomas Elder, of Adelaide, with nineteen camels and provisions for eighteen month b. Through desert after desert, for a distance of nearly 1,500 miles, he made his way. For one feaif ul stretch of 325 miles the party found no water for seventeen days. After a struggle of six months, during which they had traversed some 2,400 miles, they made the outlying settlements of Western Australia. Mr Giles departed on his return journey several hundred miles to the north of his former route in January, 1876, and arrived at the telegraph line in August. In 1889 Mr Giles, who is a gold medallist of the Royal Geographical Society, published a narrative of his explorations in two volumeß, entitled 'Australia Twice Travelled.'

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AN OLD EXPLORER., Evening Star, Issue 10471, 15 November 1897

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AN OLD EXPLORER. Evening Star, Issue 10471, 15 November 1897

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