STEFANSSON, Vilhjalmur, 1879-1962
[PARLIAMENTARY PAPER] Central Australia : report
At head of title: 1923-24. The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia. At foot of title: Presented by command, 24th September, 1924 ; ordered by the Senate to be printed, 1st October, 1924. [Melbourne] : H.J. Green, Government printer, 1924. Folio, 4 pp; fine. One of 960 copies printed.
At the invitation of the Government, the Icelandic-Canadian explorer and ethnologist Dr. Vilhjalmur Stefansson travelled from Adelaide to Oodnadatta by train, then by car to Alice Springs. Two side journeys were made from Alice Springs, one over the Burt Plain to the north of the Macdonnell Ranges, and the other to the Hermannsburg Mission and Palm Valley. This is a copy of Stefansson’s report on his journey and his suggestions for strategies which could be used to better adapt natural resources to enhance water supply and promote “dry farming” in the region, and to improve conditions for motor transport. His report was addressed to Senator the Right Hon. G.F. Pearce, P.C., Minister of State for Home and Territories, on 24th August , 1924.