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One of the lesser known Central Australian explorers, Henry Vere Barclay, was back in the news this week. Shown here on horseback sometime in the late1880s, he was best known for surveying part of the the Simpson Desert in 1904. But he got into trouble on the expedition and was forced to abandon an enormous stash of equipment and personal belongings in order to make it to a nearby water source. The exact location of his abandoned possessions has baffled historians since 1915. The mystery intrigued legendary Australian race car driver Larry Perkins and his brother Peter Perkins, who this week revealed that they had finally found Barclay’s belongings on a four-day search using quad bikes. Afterwards he told the ABC that "I turned around to Peter and I said, 'We've found it'. It was a fantastic feeling that I will never forget."

Published: 22 July 2018


Forgotten Territory was a weekly photo column of historic images in the Northern Territory News which I curated from 2016 until 2019 supported by the collections of the Northern Territory Library and other cultural institutions around Australia, as well as local history Facebook groups. 

Click on the images to read the story behind the image.

Warning: May contain images of people who have died.

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