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Corner Country Gold

In 1845, the intrepid Australian explorer Captain Charles Sturt set out from Adelaide, the capital of the Colony of South Australia, to search for a supposed inland sea in the center of the continent. Travelling northeast through South Australia into the northwest corner of the Colony of New South Wales, he and his party of 15 men found themselves in the midst of a fierce drought.

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