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About this site

This website celebrates the 150th anniversary of the departure of the Victorian Exploring Expedition from Royal Park, Melbourne.

The site is designed for a broad audience; students, teachers, researchers and all those with an interest in this historic event. The site aims to assist users to discover and explore the extraordinary collection of documents and artifacts that were produced by the expedition party and the various committees of the Royal Society of Victoria before, during, and after the expedition took place.

The State Library of Victoria is currently digitising the Records of the Burke and Wills Expedition (MS 13071) which were donated to the Library by the Royal Society of Victoria in 1875. The documents will gradually be presented for online viewing, over the course of the next 2 years.


This site was made possible with the assistance of Arts Victoria and the Department of Early Education and Childhood Development (DEECD) 

Online Learning Manager

Indra Kurzeme

Project manager

Sally Stewart 

Writers/researchers/Education specialists

Heath Graham

Gerard Hayes

Kate Mildenhall 

Geocaching Australia

Peter Taurins and his gang of fellow geocaching enthusiasts 

Website production

Itomic Web Design 

Many thanks also to:

David Phoenix, The Royal Society of Victoria, Paul Dorsey, The Victorian Parliamentary Library. 

Project sponsors Sue Hamilton and Shane Carmody, Jo Ritale (Manager, Special Collections) and the Online Learning Steering Committee. And all the contributing staff from Imaging Resources, Web Services and Harbinger Consulting. 

Indigenous material on this website

We respectfully advise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples that this website contains images and names of deceased persons and records containing language that may be offensive or disturbing. 

Images used on this website

The Library acknowledges and expresses its appreciation to copyright owners and donors of material who have given kind permission for reproduction of their material. The Library is continuing the endeavour to trace copyright owners and, in the meantime, some items have been reproduced here in good faith. We would be pleased to hear from copyright owners. 


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