Excerpts – Hubbe

Excerpts from Samuel Grau Hubbe and the South Australia to Western Australia Stock Route Expedition 1895-1896

… there having been no rain for a lengthened period – how long I cannot learn, as I have always found it exceedingly difficult to obtain information from the Australian aboriginals as to time and quantities.

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At 12.30 am stopped for lunch at rock hole where D Lindsay formed his depot, his camel pad being plainly visible. We found a pole erected by his party, which had fallen.

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In the afternoon the hunters returned and brought up many of their youngsters, male and female, requesting that we should cut their hair, Mr Murray operated on nine of them and the spiral track left his scissors of the heads of the unoffending innocents appeared to afford immense satisfaction to their senior who evinced satisfaction by many guttural ‘Induttees” (very good) … I suppose Mr Murray and myself can now consider ourselves members of the the Musgrave tribe, they address Mr Murray most familiarly as ‘Murray’, but my name appears to stagger them so they have christened me as ‘Angina’, we have all tried in many ways to arrive at the meaning of this word, but have signally failed as is generally the case when proper names are in question with our aboriginals.

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At 6½ miles caught sight of what appeared to be a pile on a prominent hill bearing 343o about i mile distant, Mr Murray and self were puzzled as we know the country has not been triangulated further west than Mt West and that both Giles and Forrest’s tracks are a long way to our south, finally Mr Murray, whose eyes are much younger and stronger than mine, decided it was not a pile, and we bore away on our course, but I was not satisfied, as it appeared to me to be altogether too solid for a track, there after travelling ¼ mile I examined it with field glasses and then was convinced it was a pile, therefore rode across, self and Mr Murray ascended hill (about 250 feet) and finding from appearance of the pile and the ground where the stones have been taken from to build it, that it has not been erected for more than fourteen days at the utmost. As a trigonometrical station this hill is valueless, we there fore judge it to be the work of a prospecting party, probably Mr Carr-Boyd whom we know to be ahead of us and prospecting in this locality …

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