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W.C. Gosse's Explorations, 1873. Report and
Diary of Mr. W.C. Gosse's Central and Western Exploring Expedition, 1873.
Adelaide: Government Printer, 1874.
edition, South Australian parliamentary paper (No. 48 of 1874), foolscap folio,
disbound from a volume of parliamentary papers, pp. 23, [1 blank], very good
The first published account of the expedition that discovered Uluru and
named it Ayers Rock.
William Christie Gosse (1842–1881), explorer, was born in
England and migrated to Australia with his father in 1850. In 1859 he entered the
Government service of South Australia. He held various positions in the survey
department, including Deputy Surveyor-General. The purpose of this expedition was
to explore the centre of Australia from the Overland Telegraph Line to the west
coast. The expedition did not reach the coast but did discover Uluru on the
19th July, 1873. Although Gosse's exploration was not ground breaking he filled
in many details in the central map. He named the Musgrave Ranges and was able
correctly to lay down the position of some of the discoveries of Ernest Giles.