Edward John Eyre

Edward John Eyre (1815 – 1901) explorer
Many Christians were instrumental in the formation of South Australia. These included Lt. Col. George Gawler who was determined to establish a Christian settlement: Sir George Grey, Capt John Hindmarsh, Charles Mann, David McLaren, Capt. Barker, Edward John Eyre and clergymen such as T.Q. Stow as well as Lord Glenelg of the Home Office.

Many Christians were instrumental in the formation of South Australia. These included Lt. Col. George Gawler who was determined to establish a Christian settlement: Sir George Grey, Capt John Hindmarsh, Charles Mann, David McLaren, Capt. Barker, Edward John Eyre and clergymen such as T.Q. Stow as well as Lord Glenelg of the Home Office.

Source : http://users.netwit.net.au/~nacl/magazines/hetitagem1.htm

For many of us, the names are so familiar: Mitchell in New South Wales; Sturt in both New South Wales and South Australia; Edward John Eyre in South Australia; Leichhardt in Queensland; Stuart across the centre, and Giles through the deserts of South and Western Australia.

But if we go back and read the journals and diaries which they wrote and published, we are in for some surprises. The explorers’ journals were formative in the way the land and its people were and are viewed, in the way Australia itself was understood in the first years of European settlement.

They also relied heavily on the Bible in those journals and diaries. For the Bible permeates them in so many ways, ranging from explicit biblical references to what might be termed a biblical imagination, a way of looking that rendered the foreign, antipodean Australian land, flora and people in terms that were comprehensible, that is, in biblical terms. This is particularly true of the evangelicals Grey and Mitchell, and the more unorthodox Giles, but it applies to the others as well.

Source : http://www.abc.net.au/rn/relig/enc/stories/s503490.htm

More information on Edward John Eyre
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/10840/10840-h/10840-h.htm#chapter11
http://www.acctv.com.au/featuredetail.asp?id=4942
http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A010346b.htm
http://ivanrudolph.com/eyre-the-forgotten-explorer/
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