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William KEKWICK ()

Kekwick was second in command on John McDouall Stuart's expeditions. He is mentioned repeatedly in Stuart's Explorations in Australia. (Click on the Stuart link to access this ebook)

"On the 22nd of April 1862, Stuart camped in the centre of Australia, and one of his hopes was accomplished; about two miles and a-half to the N.N.E. was a tolerable high mount, which he called Central Mount Stuart. The next morning, with his tried companion, Kekwick, he climbed this mount, and on the top erected a cairn of stones, and hoisted the Union Jack. What must have been his thoughts at having, with such a feeble party, so comparatively easily accomplished what others had striven in vain for? Surely he must have thought with regret that his old leader, dauntless Sturt, was not standing beside him."

From The History of Australian Exploration by Ernest Favenc.

Updated 18 August 04