From the Coen, I was only able to push out to the north for a period inexorably limited by the condition of my horses and the quantity of food remaining in my saddle-bags.
Even under these conditions, however, I penetrated for some distance into the Mc Ilwraith Range, and on the heads of the river which I named the Peach (unaware that it was the river named the Archer by the Brothers Jardine, who crossed it near its mouth) I found widespread evidence of the presence of gold and tin.
My practical interest in the Peninsula began with a tour made in 1879 in the course of my Geological Survey work.
On my way to the recently rushed and still more recently abandoned "Coen" gold diggings, I crossed the base of the then almost unknown Cape Melville Peninsula, where I found indications of auriferous country, and also the rivers south of Princess Charlotte Bay, down which the unfortunate explorer Kennedy had struggled in vain to keep his appointment with the relief ship twenty-two years earlier.
A STUDY OF THE NARRATIVES OF ALL EXPLORERS BY SEA AND LAND IN THE LIGHT OF MODERN CHARTING, MANY ORIGINAL OR HITHERTO UNPUBLISHED DOCUMENTS, THIRTY-NINE ILLUSTRATIONS, AND SIXTEEN SPECIALLY PREPARED MAPS EX-GOVERNMENT GEOLOGIST, QUEENSLAND, PREVIOUSLY OF THE GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF SCOTLAND AUTHOR OF "HANDBOOK OF QUEENSLAND GEOLOGY"; "THE MINERAL WEALTH OF QUEENSLAND"; "THE BACK BLOCKS OF CHINA," ETC.
AND JOINT-AUTHOR (WITH ROBERT ETHERIDGE, JUNIOR) OF "THE GEOLOGY AND PALÆONTOLOGY OF QUEENSLAND AND NEW GUINEA"Queensland 4-mile Map, Sheet 21B, with Additions from Admiralty Charts. Queensland 4-mile Map, Sheet 21A, With Additions From Admiralty Charts.
Queensland 4-mile Map 18A, 2-mile Map of Cook District, Sheets 5 And 6, And 2-mile Map of Kennedy District, Sheet 9.
Shows Land Routes of Leichhardt, 1845; Kennedy, 1848; Hann, 1872; Mulligan, 1873-75.He was the youngest member of my Second Expedition (1879-80), and has since been in a position to acquire a very intimate knowledge of the Cape York Peninsula. I should indeed consider it a very real honour to have it dedicated to me, for I know well that it would be the standard of reference for future generations when personally we are long off the scene." , Brisbane.For portraits of Sir Augustus Gregory and Sir Thomas Mc Ilwraith, and for a mass of information re explorations, surveys, dates, names, etc., in answer to my inquiries extending over the last decade.Shows Sea Routes of "Endeavour", 1770; "Bounty's" Launch, 1789; "Bramble" (Yule), 1843; "Rattlesnake" and "Bramble", 1848; "Dart", 1896-8: and Land Routes of Kennedy, 1848; W.Hann, 1872; Jack, 1879-80; Bradford, 1883; Embley, 1884-96; Dickie, 1901; Dickie, Dick and Sheffield, 1910.Queensland 4-mile Map, Sheet 18D and Part of 19C, with Additions from Admiralty Charts.