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  • Title
    Philip Gidley King - letter received from Francis Luis Barrallier, 21 November 1802
  • Call number
    SAFE/A 1980/2
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    21 November 1802
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  • Physical Description
    Textual Records (4 pages) - manuscript

    Francis Barrallier (1773-1853), soldier, explorer and engineer, was born in France in 1773. At the age of 20 he emigrated to England. In 1800 he arrived in Sydney to join the NSW Corps as an ensign. During three years in the colony Barrallier served as engineer and artillery officer and was also aide-de-camp to Governor King. In 1802 he led an expedition west in an attempt to cross the Blue Mountains. He discovered Burragorang Valley but was prevented from proceeding further by a seemingly impassable waterfall. One year later he fell out with King and returned to England.
  • Scope and Content
    In this letter Barrallier reports to King on his expedition to the Blue Mountains. He describes the country through which he passed and an encounter with a group of Aborigines led by a man named Goondel. He also includes a sketch map of his route.
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    A transcription and translation of this letter is also available at MLMSS 6664

    Microfilm available at CY 906, frames 64 - 66
    Digital order no:Album ID : 824225
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