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William Strutt - Dingo gnawing Wills' skull
Parliamentary Library of Victoria

By early 1861 it was becoming increasingly obvious that something had gone seriously wrong with the Victorian Exploring Expedition. In the months that followed relief expeditions were dispatched from three states, a Royal Commission of Inquiry was established to investigate the scandalous failure of the expedition, Australia's first state funeral was held, and monuments were erected in honour of the ill-fated explorers.