See also:born at Craigend,
See also:Stirlingshire, Scotland, on the 16th of
See also:June 1792 . From 18o8 to the end of the
See also:Peninsular War he served in Wellington's army, and was raised to the
See also:rank of major . He was appointed to survey the battlefields of the Peninsula, and his map of the
See also:Lower Pyrenees is still admired . In 1827 he was appointed
See also:deputy surveyor-general, and after-wards surveyor-general of New South
See also:Wales . He made four exploring expeditions between 1831 and 1846, and discovered the Peel, the Namoi, the Gwyder and other
See also:rivers, traced the course of the Darling and Glenelg, and was the first to penetrate into that portion of the
See also:country which he named
See also:Australia Felix . His last expedition was mainly devoted to the
See also:discovery of a route between
See also:Sydney and the Gulf of
See also:Carpentaria, and during the
See also:journey he explored the Fitzroy
See also:Downs, and discovered the Balonne,
See also:Victoria, Warrego and other streams . In 1838, while in England,
See also:Mitchell published his Three Expeditions into the Interior of East Australia . In 1839 he was knighted and made a D.C.L. of
See also:Oxford . During this visit he took with him some of the first specimens of gold and the first
See also:diamond found in Australia . In 1848 the narrative of his second expedition was published in
See also:London, Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia . In 1851 he was sent to
See also:report on the Bathurst goldfields, and in 1853 he again visited England and patented his
See also:boomerang propeller for steamers . He died at Darling Point, Sydney, on the 5th of
See also:October 1855 .
Besides the above
See also:works, Mitchell wrote a
See also:book on
See also:Geographical and Military
See also:Surveying (1827), an Australian Geography, and a
See also:translation of the Lusiad of Camoens . During his tenure of
See also:office as surveyor-general he published an admirable map (still in use) of the settled districts of New South Wales .
SILAS WEIR MITCHELL (1830-)
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