A month afterwards Swinden started again from PERNATTY, and found available pastoral land north of the Gawler Ranges, which became known as Swinden's country. During this year, also, Messrs. Miller and Dutton explored the country at the back of Fowler's Bay. Forty miles to the north they saw treeless plains stretching far inland, but they found no permanent water.
Elsey Disappointment in the length of 'the Victoria Journey to the Westward Discovery of Sturt's Creek Its course followed south Termination in a salt lake Return to Victoria River Start homeward, overland The Albert identified The Leichhardt christened Return by the Burdekin and Suttor Visit of Babbage to Lake Torrens Expedition by Goyder Deceived by mirage Excitement in Adelaide Freeling sent out Discovers the error Hack explores the Gawler Range Discovers Lake Gairdner Warburton in the same direction Swinden and party west of Lake Torrens Babbage in the Lake District His long delay Warburton sent to supersede him Rival claims to discovery Frank Gregory explores the Gascoyne in Western Australia A. C. Gregory follows the Barcoo in search of Leichhardt Discovery of a marked tree Arrival in Adelaide The early explorations of M'Dowall Stuart Frank Gregory at Nickol Bay Discovers the Ashburton Fine pastoral country Discovers the De Grey and Oakover Rivers Turned back by the desert Narrow escape.
But happy are the country and the age in which such men are to be found in the second rank, and are content to be there." "Tis in the prime of summer-time, an evening calm and cool, When certain bright-eyed English boys come bounding out of school." The school is at Greenwich, six miles below London Bridge, and is kept by the Reverend Samuel Swinden. Date, some time in the month of June, 1741.
Swinden, Campbell, Thompson, and Stock set out, and at about seventy miles from the head of Spencer's Gulf, found fine pastoral country, and a permanent waterhole, PERNATTY. To the northward they came upon the Elizabeth, formerly discovered by Campbell, and here from want of provisions they returned.
Its formation, indeed, was so rapid that it presented the appearance of having been caused by the ignition of a fine train of gunpowder. These curious appearances were not an absolute novelty. Weber in 1791, and Von Zach in 1820, had seen the "beads"; Van Swinden had described the "belts" or "threads."
See how the serpentine curve of his nose, his long nostril, and protruding, sharp-cut lips, mark his share of Phoenician or Jewish blood! how Norse, again, that dome-shaped forehead! how Celtic those dark curls, that restless gray eye, with its "swinden blicken," like Von Troneg Hagen's in the Niebelungen Lied! He turned: Honoria was devouring his words.