A PROMINENT writer with a keen ear for Australia’s stories delivered a fascinating talk about Burke and Wills’ ill-fated transcontinental expedition at Beechworth’s old courthouse last week.
Newspaper columnist, author and former rugby union player Peter FitzSimons travelled from Sydney at the invitation of the Burke Museum and Historic Precinct manager Cameron Auty to dig into his latest book – Burke and Wills: the triumph and tragedy of Australia’s most famous explorers.
The book tells the tragic story of the 1860 Victorian expedition led by Robert O’Hara Burke, a former Beechworth police superintendent, and William John Wills to venture from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria and return.
Both men died in the attempt.
“The Burke and Wills story told by Mr FitzSimons is an important link to the museum,” Mr Auty said.