'Reading' the Leichhardt, Landsborough and Gregory explorer trees of northern Australia

Martin, Richard J. (2013) 'Reading' the Leichhardt, Landsborough and Gregory explorer trees of northern Australia. Cultural Studies Review, 19 2: 216-236.

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Author Martin, Richard J.
Title 'Reading' the Leichhardt, Landsborough and Gregory explorer trees of northern Australia
Journal name Cultural Studies Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1446-8123
Publication date 2013-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 19
Issue 2
Start page 216
End page 236
Total pages 21
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Melbourne University Publishing
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This article examines theoretical as well as methodological issues provoked by different responses to three landmark trees marked by Europeans during the exploration of northern Australia. The first of these trees is an ironwood that was reportedly marked by Ludwig Leichhardt during his first expedition from Moreton Bay to Port Essington in 1844-45. The second tree is a coolibah marked by William Landsborough during his search for the missing Burke and Wills in 1862. The third is a boab tree marked by the explorer A. C. Gregory during the North Australia Exploring Expedition of 1855-56. Drawing on the results of fieldwork conducted at Borroloola, Burketown and Timber Creek since 2007, I highlight overlapping as well as divergent responses to these trees by local residents of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal descent, pointing to continuing struggle over the meaning of exploration, and colonisation, in northern Australia.
Keyword Exploration
Explorer trees
Material culture
Cultural studies
Politics and government
Discoveries in geography
Aboriginal Australians
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Created: Mon, 09 Dec 2013, 15:32:57 EST by Richard Martin on behalf of School of Social Science