John Septimus Roe

The explorations of John Septimus Roe after he arrived in Western Australia are well recorded but dispersed.

The tenth Volume in Western Australian Exploration series chronicling all exploration from 1826, The Western Australian Explorations of John Septimus Roe 1829 - 1849 has, for the first time, brought all Roe’s Western Australian explorations together in the one book.

These include the little-known surveys he made of the Albany region while serving with P.P. King aboard the Mermaid and later the Bathurst, and culminate with his defining, five month, 2000 kilometre 1848-49 trip south-east to the Russell Range.

Roe is often referred to as the ‘Father of Australian Explorers’ for his training and mentoring of explorers such as A.C. Gregory, F.T. Gregory, John Forrest and Alexander Forrest, all of whom gained fame in their own right. Others trained by Roe included Robert Dale, Robert Austin, Arthur Hillman, H.M. Ommaney and Charles Hunt.

Kim Epton
Series Editor

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