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Brahe's telegram sending first news of the expedition disaster

William Brahe was with Howitt's relief expedition when the only survivor, John King, was found.  Having learned the whole story from King, Brahe returned and sent this message to Melbourne from the first telegraph office he could find, at Bendigo (which was called 'Sandhurst' at this time).

Bearer of despatches from Howitt - Burke crossed continent - Returned to Cooper's Creek with Wills and King and two camels. Attempted to get into South Australia. Camels knocked up. Compelled to fall back upon the Creek. Burke and Wills died on or about twenty eighth June. King found in a tribe of natives in good health. Left Howitt on his way to Menindie.

William Brahe

Australian Manuscripts Collection MS 13071