Spencer & Gillen

A journey through Aboriginal Australia

Red Mulga Creek , South Australia


Wednesday, May 9th. — Camp No. 4; bar. 2975in., ther. 41° wind E. At dawn this morning the thermometer registered 28°. The day's journeying was began at 8*30 a.m. Travelled continuously throughout the day, except for an hours halt at Dalhousie Springs to enable the geologist to complete an examination of this, the most desolate locality imaginable. Camped at 5:30 p.m. on Red Mulga Creek, haying made good twenty miles. The name of the creek is derived from a peculiar and rare species of mulga, supposed to be Acacia cyperophylla, which we first beheld here, and which is possibly confined to this region. The tree differs from other kinds of mulga in its characteristic bark, which inclines downwards in shaving-like curls and is of a distinctive reddish color. A few aboriginals — uninteresting even to the anthropologist—were seen at Dalhousie Springs. (Journal of the Horn scientific exploring expedition, 1894)

Place Details

Specific Location
Red Mulga Creek
South Australia


  • Horn Expedition 1894