This is a copy of Wills’s map of the journey from Coopers Creek to the Gulf of Carpentaria. It was traced at the Victorian Department of Lands and Survey Office on 5 November 1861. The map, along with journals kept by Burke and Wills had been returned to Melbourne just days before by the rescue party that had discovered sole survivor, John King.
The tracing includes the numbered campsites used by the explorers en route to the Gulf of Carpentaria, as well as some of the camps they used on their return journey. Longitude and latitude, as well as observations about the country, are included.
Map makers used light boxes to help them trace from original charts. For this tracing, several sheets of tracing paper have been pasted together onto card to cover the complete route.
A detail of one section of Wills's map
is included in the Have Camels Will Travel