Born – 16 January 1835 – Paderborn, Germany
Died – 16 September 1912 – Elwood
Gold prospector, drover, farmer and one of the last surviving members of the Burke and Wills Expedition to die.
When Burke set out from Cooper’s Creek with a bare 3 months supplies on his ‘dash’ to the Gulf of Carpentaria, he left William in charge of the camp.
After waiting more than four months, and with his own supplies running low, he finally decided to abandon the camp on 21 April 1861, leaving the “DIG” tree on Cooper’s Creek
Our Guest Speaker – Dr Douglas McCann gave a very informative talk which was enjoyed by all.
The plaque was unveiled by David Brahe, the great grandson of William
Refreshments were served on and around the verandah of the Lodge.
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