‘Ain’t no sea inland, big nor small. I told him, but he didn’t listen to me.’
No, he’d seen the way the rivers ran westward. But why westward when the sea lay to east? To Captain Charles Sturt the answer was simple. The rivers must disgorge in a Great Inland Sea. And so, equipped for an expedition through hostile country, supplies all carried in a double-prowed boat, he made his journey, summer of 29-30, westward, ever westward.
‘But he didn’t find no sea?’
‘Nah. But he might’ve done if there’d not been a drought that season. Bogs up, up there; floods and does. But he did discover where all those westward rivers run. Into the Murray and out to sea.’
Written for What Pegman Saw: Loxton, Australia