RGSQ Lecture Series
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Henk van Paridon
J W (Jack ) Gregory was an Englishman appointed as Professor of Geology at Melbourne University in 1901. He spent the summer of 1901-02 "on holiday" with a party of university students on a camel expedition to Lake Eyre. His mission was to study the formation and geology of the great central basin and to collect fossils of extinct gigantic fauna. He described this journey through a series of newspaper articles finally publishing the a book "The Dead Heart of Australia" in 1906.
This presentation will retrace that journey and also fill in some details of the remarkable achievements of Jack Gregory before and after this expedition. He wrote over 20 books and published over 300 papers and was a celebrity in his day.
Plate from the book The Dead Heart of Australia by JW Gregory published 1906. "The Last March. Mr Grayson leading the camels across the Peake Range"
Bio: Henk van Paridon is a geophysicist with over 40 years experience specializing in reflection seismic . Much of his career has been exploring for oil and gas in the Cooper Basin straddling SA and Qld. He has visited the area on many occasions and taken an interest in the early explorers, place names and maps. He has read many books of early travellers to all parts of the world and never ceases to be amazed by their stories.
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