Dome at dusk: Burke & Wills – fighting starvation

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Nardoo plant and seeds collected from near where Burke died at Camp XXXI, Cooper’s Creek, 1861
03 May 2018, 6:00pm6:30pm
Location Dome Galleries, Level 5
The Dome
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

Having travelled for around nine months, in May of 1861 Burke and Wills’ food supply was quickly diminishing and starvation seemed likely.

Find out how these ill-fated explorers attempted to find sustenance in the nardoo, a fern growing on the flats of Cooper’s Creek, during this talk within the Changing face of Victoria exhibition.

Although they sought the help of the Yandruwandha people to prepare the potentially toxic nardoo seed, it has been suggested that Burke and Wills’ substandard technique may have sped up their demise rather than nourished them.

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