Frequently Asked Questions and Notes.

"Australian history is always picturesque. Indeed, it is so curious and strange that it is itself the chiefest novelty the country has to offer, and so it pushes the other novelties into second or third place. It does not read like history, but like the most beautiful lies, and all of a fresh new sort, not the mouldy old stale ones. It is full of surprises, and adventures, and incongruities, and contradictions, and incredibilities, and they are all true."

                                                MARK TWAIN.






National Library Australia, when using the digital newspaper facility remember that Harold Lasseter's name is spelt many ways, e.g. Lassetter, Lassiter, Lasetter etc.




Australia's National Archives holds a surprising amount of Lasseter material. Use the Guest search facility and just enter 'Lasseter'. Must reads are the digital copies of his military record and the Gepp Report, file No. 30/512.


Geoscience Australia


One of the best sites of it's kind, that Lasseter and C.A.G.E. had this facility in 1930 they may have been able to relocate those missing landmarks, go exploring for yourself. Place Name search recommended.



'The Flight of Ducks' is a very large, thoughtful and sometimes controversial site based on the journey of a young scientist through Central Australia in 1933. Bookmark this site for the superb digital copy of Lasseter's Diary.




Interesting Australiana with letters and Lasseter articles, a succinct overview of the Lasseter saga by Graham Seal in issue 2 and 'Ruby's Story' in issue 6 written by Lasseter's daughter.



Download Ernest Giles 'Australia Twice Traversed', for many years the handbook for explorers and travellers to Central Australia. Especially those areas later known as Lasseter Country.


The New South Wales State Library has an extensive collection of photographs and manuscripts relating to the First and Second C.A.G.E. Expeditions. Keyword = Lasseter.



The Australian Dictionary of Biography lists several names involved in the Lasseter legend, Bailey, Basedow, Blakeley, David, Gepp, Giles, Idriess, Ulm.







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