Every now and then, family history research turns up a really tantalising gem.
Researching newspapers online, I came across this extraordinary reference to William Amos, one of my great, great grandfathers, who was transported as a convict in 1832, and went on to be a well-known identity around the Clarence River.
So here it is, as it appeared in Brisbane's Courier-Mail on 8 November 1862:
Expedition to the Gulf of Carpentaria.
To show that the good people of the Clarence have an eye to our fine northern tract of country, we extract tho following, published as an advertisement in the "Grafton Advocate"; of the 20th ultimo -"A number of farmers and settlers being desirous of exploring the Northern Country, propose to charter a vessel, with n view of taking up available portions of the country in the most favorable localities. Parties desiring to associate for this purpose may be informed of the plan, proposed expenditure, time; of departure, and projects of the intended explorers, by applying to Mr. James Pry, Swan Creek, Clarence River; Mr. William Amos, Strathene, Clarence River; Mr. Joseph H. Scrutton, Grafton; or Mr. S Cohen Grafton.
I can find no further reference to this proposal, but I will keep looking. Did it get going? If so, what happened. This was 14 years after Ludwig Leichhardt disappeared on an expedition to north Australia. Were they serious?