The Burke and Wills expedition as it set off from Royal Park Melbourne in August 1860 from Illustrated Australian News 4 May 1881. 
State Library of Victoria




Burke and Wills Web: Digital Research Archive

Dig: The Burke and Wills Research Gateway



Hermann Beckler A Journey To Cooper’s Creek translated by Stephen Jefferies Carlton Vic Melbourne University Press 1993

Tim Bonyhady Burke & Wills: From Melbourne to Myth Balmain NSW David Ell Press 1991

Michael Cathcart Starvation in a Land of Plenty: Wills’ Diary of the Fateful Burke and Wills Expedition Canberra National Library of Australia 2013

Ian Clark and Fred Cahir (editors) The Aboriginal Story of Burke and Wills CSIRO Publishing 2016

Frank Clune Dig Sydney Angus & Robertson 1937

Peter FitzSimons Burke and Wills: The Triumph and Tragedy of Australia’s Most Famous Explorer Hachette UK 2017

Melanie Guile and Tom Lackey Burke and Wills’ expedition to cross Australia Macmillan Library Victoria 2011

EB Joyce and DA McCann (editors) Burke and Wills: The Scientific Legacy of the Victorian Exploring Expedition CSIRO Publishing 2011

Alan Moorehead Cooper’s Creek New York Harper & Row 1963

Sarah Murgatroyd The Dig Tree New York Broadway Books 2002

Dave Phoenix Following Burke and Wills Across Australia: A Touring Guide CSIRO Publishing 2015

Dave Phoenix Melbourne to the Gulf : A Brief History of the Burke & Wills Expedition Burke and Wills Web 2006

Karen Tayleur and Robyn Annear Burke and Wills: expedition off the map Black Dog Victoria 2010

Marjorie Tipping (editor) Ludwig Becker Carlton Vic Melbourne University Press 1979

John White Burke and Wills: the stockade and the tree Victoria University of Technology Library in association with Footprint Press Footscray Vic 1992


Conference papers

Burke and Wills Conference 4 June 2011 Queensland History Journal February 2012 Vol 21 No 8


Explorer Journals and Reports

George Bourne Bourne’s Journal of Landsborough‘s Expedition 1862

John Davis Tracks of McKinlay and party across Australia 1863

Andrew Jackson Robert O’Hara Burke and the Australian Exploring Expedition 1863

William Landsborough Journal of Landsborough‘s Expedition from Carpentaria 1862

John McKinlay McKinlay‘s Journal of Explorations into the Interior of Australia 1862

Royal Society of Victoria Progress Reports and Final Report of the Exploration Committee 1863

Victoria Parliament Commission of Enquiry into the deaths of Burke & Wills 1862

William John Wills A Successful Exploration through the interior of Australia 1862



Graeme Clifford (director) Burke and Wills Colombia Pictures 1985 with Jack Thompson, Nigel Havers and Greta Scacchi


Heritage Registers

Queensland Heritage Register

National Heritage List



Burke and Wills Web: Digital Research Archive

Burke and Wills Society

Diary of William John Wills

Dig: The Burke and Wills Research Gateway

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The Royal Historical Society of Queensland is trustee for the Dig Tree Reserve supported by Nappa Merrie Station and the Bulloo Shire Council.