John McDouall Stuart

John McDouall Stuart (7 September 1815 – 5 June 1866) was one of the most accomplished and famous of all Australia's inland explorers.

Stuart led the first successful expedition to traverse the Australian mainland from south to north and return, and the first to do so from a starting point in South Australia, achieving this despite poor backing from the Government of South Australia. His experience and the care he showed for his team ensured he never lost a man, despite the harshness of the country he encountered.

The explorations of Stuart eventually resulted in the Australian Overland Telegraph Line being built and the main route from Port Augusta to Darwin being established, which is now known as the Stuart Highway in his honour.

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... While Stuart was responsible for naming a large number of topographical features for friends, backers and fellow explorers, he was sparing in the use of ... Central Mount Stuart, which he reckoned to be the geographical centre of Australia, he had designated "Central Mount Sturt" to honour his friend ... Places named after John McDouall Stuart include Stuart Street, an arterial road in the Canberra suburb of Griffith the Stuart Highway, Stuart Park, an ...

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