• The Dig Tree

  • A True Story of Bravery, Insanity, and the Race to Discover Australia's Wild Frontier
  • By: Sarah Murgatroyd
  • Narrated by: Catherine Milte
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 01-04-10
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
  • 4.4 (29 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In 1860, an eccentric Irish police officer named Robert O'Hara Burke led a cavalcade of camels, wagons and men out of Melbourne. Accompanied by William Wills, a shy English scientist, he was prepared to risk everything to become the first European to cross the Australian continent. A few months later, an ancient coolibah tree at Cooper Creek bore a strange carving: 'Dig Under 3ft NW'. Burke, Wills and five other men were dead. The expedition had become an astonishing tragedy.
Sarah Murgatroyd reveals new historical and scientific evidence to tell the story of the disaster with all its heroism and romance, its discoveries, coincidences, and lost opportunities. This is a spell-binding book.
©2002 Sarah Murgatroyd; (P)2009 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Sarah Murgatroyd deftly captures the foolishness, suffering and hapless heroism of one of the 19th-century's least-known, but most epic, undertakings. I can almost guarantee that you will be biting your nails by the time you reach the Dig Tree of the title - and more than that I cannot say without spoiling this remarkable and addictive tale." (Bill Bryson)
"Conveys an experts grasp of her material. The Dig Tree is unlikely to be superseded...instinctive and convincing." (Times Literary Supplement)
"Sarah Murgatroyd was a splendid writer. This book is a masterpiece of exploration history - entertaining, trenchant, a marvel." (National Geographic)
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By Kent on 03-20-10

The race to cross the Australian interior

This is a fascinating glimpse at early Australian history. The race to cross Australia and some of the characters and personalities involved. Extremely well written and narrated. Left one wondering about the pursuit of progress at any cost and the ego's of some of the early players in Australian history.

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By Robin Dobson on 11-28-11

Essential Reading for Vistors to the Key Sites

I wish I had known about this book before my recent visit to many of the significant sites of the Burke and Wills saga; it would have made the journey much more enjoyable.

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By Jon on 06-04-17

Good but not great

Good story but not amazingly great like others I have heard. Interesting facts within but very dry ( no pun intended)

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By Megan on 05-28-17

Loved it

Excellent and engaging. Far from boring. I couldn't wait to get back and listen further This was history that I didn't know all of the details of.

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