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Dig Tree, April 21 1861

Dig Tree, April 21 1861

Dig Tree, April 21 1861

Carol McCormack

Regular price $1,200.00

Acrylic on canvas, stretched. 

Most Australians know the story - as the explorers Burke and King struggled back to Depot 65 (the "Dig Tree" near Innamincka), William Brahe gave up his long wait and departed for the south with his party, leaving buried provisions and instructions about where to dig. The explorers found the hidden cache but it didn't keep them going for long and they were too weak to follow. The irony is that despite being the first to cross Australia, Burke & Wills remained ignorant of the secrets to survival in the inland. Today this waterhole on Cooper’s Creek is still rich in nardoo and wildlife. In this painting, the main shape for The Dig Tree was painted on location near Innamincka, and came together with the poignant history of Burke and Wills in the studio.

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Acrylic on canvas, stretched. 

Most Australians know the story - as the explorers Burke and King struggled back to Depot 65 (the "Dig Tree" near Innamincka), William Brahe gave up his long wait and departed for the south with his party, leaving buried provisions and instructions about where to dig. The explorers found the hidden cache but it didn't keep them going for long and they were too weak to follow. The irony is that despite being the first to cross Australia, Burke & Wills remained ignorant of the secrets to survival in the inland. Today this waterhole on Cooper’s Creek is still rich in nardoo and wildlife. In this painting, the main shape for The Dig Tree was painted on location near Innamincka, and came together with the poignant history of Burke and Wills in the studio.