John McDouall Stuart, John McDouall Stuart Society.

Australia’s greatest inland explorer, John McDouall Stuart, solved geography’s nineteenth-century global riddle; what is in the centre of the Austalian continent?

Over six expeditions he crossed the continent successfully from south to north through the centre, returning without loss of life. Today the Stuart Highway and the Ghan Railway follow his route. Stuart also paved the way for the blockbuster infrastructure event, the construction of the Overland Telegraph, which speedily linked Australia to the rest of the world.

Come and inspect maps, diaries, sketches, photos, plans, compasses, objects and artefacts from this, the golden age of exploration. Could you live by the rules of the Great Northern Exploring Expedition?

Presented by John McDouall Stuart Society