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Pamamaroo, 11 November 1861.

Original item held at the State Library of Victoria, SLV MS13071, Box 2085/5a, Item 16.
Dispatches sent by members of the Victorian Relief Expedition to the Exploration Committee.
Alfred Howitt's dispatch, [Pamamaroo Creek], 11 November 1861.

Received by the Exploration Committee in Melbourne on 28 November 1861.
This dispatch also included:

  • Howitt's  instructions to Edwin Welch, Pamamaro Creek, 5 November 1861
  • James Knowles resignation, Pamamaro Creek, 11 November 1861

29 November 1861, page 4.

Dr Macadam read a despatch from Mr Howitt dated 'Pamomoroo Creek, Nov 11,' stating that he had sent King to Melbourne in charge of Welch and Phillips.

That Knowles, a member of the contingent party, had resigned, owing to the offer of other employment, and that a camel had died.


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Pamamaro Creek,
11 November 1861.

I have the honour to inform the Exploration Committee that Mr Welch left for Melbourne with John King and Weston Phillips on Nov 6.

I enclose Mr Knowles' resignation; any further arrangements will depend on the instructions which I trust to receive by the next post.

I have to inform the Committee that one of the male camels, Mutwalla, died on Nov 5 having been in a bad state of health for some time. Mr knowles informs me that a short time before my return he appeared to be picking up condition, but when large sores broke out on each side upon the ribs, discharging considerable amounts of matter and difficult to heal. Mr Wheeler made a P.M. examination; the liver was covered with tubercles emitting a serum fluid and was diseased at its apex, with large patches of inflamation. The lungs were also covered with tubercles and adhering to the ribs.

I enclose for the Hony Treasurer a list of the cheques which I have drawn

I have the honour to be


Your most obedt servt

A.W. Howitt.



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List of cheques ...



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Howitt's instructions to Welch to take King to Melbourne ...



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Knowles' resignation ...


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