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Leather water bottle owned by Robert O'Hara Burke.

Photo: Dean McNicoll.


Yandruwandha breastplate, leather water bottle

As a gesture of recognition to the Yandruwandha people of Cooper's Creek, who had helped the explorers in their last days and kept King alive until he was found, the Royal Society of Victoria commissioned three of these metal plates.  Two have been found in recent years, and the other is in the South Australian Museum.  They were presented to members of the Yandruwandha people by Alfred William Howitt.  The section which was meant to have a name engraved has been left blank.
The plate can be viewed online at the National Museum's website.

Other Burke and Wills items in the Museum's collection, including a leather water bottle owned by Burke, are described here.


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