56. CIRCUS WATER.
|"We had not expected to discover evidence of his journey so far afield".|
Michael Terry. The Melbourne Herald,16/03/1933.
Circus Water is located
about ten miles east of Lake Christopher, on the northern slopes of
the Rawlinson Range. The waterhole was named by Ernest Giles on the
29th of January 1874,
apparently an allusion to the circular setting of the low
surrounding hills. It was from this point that Giles and Gibson
ventured west on 21/04/1874, Giles returned nine days later, barely
alive and alone, Gibson had perished in the desert later named in
his memory. Lasseter, the Three Pens, and Philip Taylor in his
letter of instruction to Bob Buck, make no mention of Circus Water,
yet one of the soundest pieces of evidence relating to Lasseter's
movements in late 1930 was discovered nearby.
Ernest Giles, Australia Twice Traversed Vol 1. pgs 278-289. Michael Terry, Sun and Sand, 164,165. National Archives Australia, Series No. A1. Control Symbol, 1933/2078. Barcode 45507. Pg 10.