MISSING LINKS

MISSING LINKS

Out of Grey’s Shadow has required six years of research but eventually the conclusion was reached that not everything that can be found will be found. Hopefully, the publication of this book will twig someone’s memory and we can jointly celebrate bringing to light elements that are important to Australia’s history.

  • Lieutenant Franklin Lushington was  Grey’s deputy in the first expedition to Western Australia’s Kimberley district. They did not get on well. There is no evidence that he kept Journals but surely there was correspondence.
  • Whatever happened to Corporal Richard Auger, Coles’ fellow Corporal from the Royal Sappers and Miners who also endured both Western Australian expeditions with Grey? He was quite heroic.  Military historian Connolly wrote;

Broken down by the service Auger felt it necessary to seek repose in civil life. When sufficiently restored he was engaged to hold a responsible situation in the Pimlie’s wheel factory, by Octavius Smith Esq., of Thames Bank, the father of poor Mr. Frederick Smith who was one of the expedition … Sir George Grey on visiting England in 1854, most kindly sought after Auger. Naturally the meeting awakened reminiscences of the New Holland struggles; and the chief, at parting, presented his corporal with an elegant silver teapot and stand, bearing this simple but expressive inscription: ‘Sir George Grey to his old follower, Richard Auger, August 1854

  • Frederick Smith was a niece of Florence Nightingale, and from a very well known family.Greys Journals record that Smith’s journal was found alongside his body. They were surely returned to England as one of the sketches in Grey’s Journals was ‘drawn on stone by Geo Barnard from a Sketch by Fredk C Smith.‘ Location of Frederick’s Journals would be of historic significance. Military historian Connolly said of him;

This young gentleman offered a noble example of patience, courage and resignation, but his delicate and shattered constitution not giving him strength to keep up in the forced marches of his chief, he was left, in the painful separation on the 10th of April, . . . and perished in the bush from want and exhaustion, at the tender age of nineteen.

 

 

  • Whatever happened to the intrepid Dr William Charles Walker who accompanied Coles and Grey on both expeditions to Western Australia. His Journals were sunk with the Elizabeth, but some material exists in the Walker Papers in WA State Library. Surely he was moved to write his memoirs of the expeditions at some stage after his return to England.