In 1860, an expedition led by Robert O’Hara Burke walked off the map and into unknown territory. Along the way, William John Wills was appointed second-in-command.
Their journey would not be easy. Death was a constant possibility from lack of food and water, hostile Indigenous tribes and a landscape completely alien to their original homelands.
This is the story of what happened to Burke and Wills and the men who followed them.
Brief Bio: Karen Tayleur lives in the hills of the Dandenong Ranges with her husband and two kids who always leave their homework to the last minute. As well as being expert at year seven German and Chinese and holding down a four-day-a-week job, she is a writer.
Her kids have helped her tap back into school-age politics; back to a time when there was always a Rose Thornton ready to rain on everybody’s parade. When there was always a school bully, a cranky neighbour and an annoying sibling to contend with.
As a child, Karen was a constant audience for her father’s boyhood recollections. His stories have grown larger than life over the years. She’s not saying he is a liar. But he has been known to bend the truth.