Austin Expedition of 1854
The expedition explored the large lakes inland from Geraldton known as Cow-Cow-ing, before heading north through the interior, where Mount Magnet was discovered and named. They intended to reach the coast at Shark Bay, but were driven back by heat, fatigue, lack of water, and the loss of a number of their horses at Poison Rock. They were eventually forced to return to the coast along the Murchison River.
- Austin, Robert (1856). "Report By Assistant Surveyor Robert Austin, Of An Expedition To Explore The Interior of Western Australia". Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London 26 (1856): 235–274. doi:10.2307/1798360. JSTOR 1798360.
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