David Carnegie Retracing Expedition 2003. Written by Alan McCall
David   Wynford   Carnegie   was   one   of   Western   Australia’s   great   explorers.      A   young   Scotsman   with   a sense   of   adventure,   he   came   to   Western   Australia   during   the   goldrush   of   the   1890s.      He   had   some success   with   his   mining   endeavours   but   his   interest   widened   beyond   the   surroundings   of   Coolgardie.     He   wanted   to   discover   what   lay   to   the   north,   between   the   eastern   goldfields   and   Halls   Creek,   another gold mining area in the north of the then colony of Western Australia.    His   was   an   epic   journey.      He,   and   his   companions,   showed   an   intrepid   and   enterprising   spirit   in   setting   out   into   the unknown.   What lay ahead they knew not.    One   hundred   and   seven   years   later   Alan   McCall   of   Perth,   having   read   about and   researched   this   journey   of   discovery,   set   out   with   his   father   and   younger brother to retrace as nearly as possible Carnegie’s route.    The   aim   of   this   narrative   is   to   inform   any   interested   reader   as   to   what   this modern   trio   encountered   and   discovered,   or   more   correctly   rediscovered,   whilst crossing   three   deserts   en   route   from   Doyles   Well   near   Leonora   in   the   Western Australian   goldfields   to   Halls   Creek   (now   Old   Halls   Creek)   in   the   Kimberley region.      They   followed   as   closely   as   they   could   Carnegie’s   route   more   than   100 years after his epic journey.    This   is   a   story   of   a   journey   of   over   2   000   kilometres   through   the   Australian outback   where   the   tracks   are   few   and   the   people   fewer.     An   untouched   landscape,   where   one   can   stare   out   and   see   desert and   sparseness   in   every   direction.      This   is   one   of   the   few   areas   left   on   earth   that   in   its   vastness   can   still   be   called   total wilderness.
“A Modern Western Australian Outback Adventure”