Ernest Favenc

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Ernest Favenc
Born (1845-10-21)October 21, 1845
Died November 14, 1908(1908-11-14) (aged 63)
Occupation Explorer and author

Ernest Favenc (21 October 1845[1] – 14 November 1908) was an explorer of Australia, a journalist and historian.

Personal life

Favenc was born in Walworth, Surrey, England. Of Huguenot descent, he was the son of Abraham George Favenc, merchant, and his wife Emma, née Jones. He was educated at the Werderscher Gymnasium, Berlin and at Temple College, Cowley, Oxfordshire.[1]

Favenc arrived in New South Wales in 1864[1], and, after being in the colony for about a year, in a commercial position, he afterwards worked in the pastoral industry in the frontier squatting districts of Queensland.

Favenc died at his Darlinghurst home in Sydney on 14 November 1908, and was survived by his wife and family. [2]


In July 1878 he was selected to explore the country along the western border of Queensland to Darwin to see evaluate the possibility of connecting the Queensland Railways to Port Darwin. The journey took him six months, and he reported that such a line would be feasible. [2]

In the early 1880s also undertook expeditions in the country to the south of the Gulf of Carpentaria and north-west of Western Australia.


Favenc's first publication was The Great Austral Plain in 1887, The Last of Six: Tales of the Austral Tropics appeared in 1893, followed by The Secret of the Australian Desert (a short novel) in 1895, Marooned on Australia and The Moccasins of Silence, both in 1896.

Favenc wrote under the pseudonym of "Dramingo", often for the Queenslander, and was an accomplished pencil sketcher. He also published romances, children's stories and verse as well as several books on exploration, the most extensive being The History of Australian Exploration.

On the original launch of this book in 1888 the The Daily Telegraph (Australia) reported...


  1. ^ a b c H. J. Gibbney (1972). "Favenc, Ernest (1845 - 1908)". Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 4. MUP. p. 160. Retrieved 2007-08-10.
  2. ^ a b "Ernest Favenc". The Sydney Morning Herald. 16 November 1908. p. 6.

Additional resourcecs listed by the Australian Dictionary of Biography:

  • Evening News (Sydney), 16 Nov 1908
  • Town and Country Journal, 18 Nov 1908
  • CSO 3554/87 (State Library of Western Australia)
  • Northern Territory files, 1884, 1886 (State Records of South Australia)
  • manuscript catalogue under Ernest Favenc (State Library of New South Wales).