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SOUTH AUSTRALIA.

celery was plentiful, and the grass appeared much as that of Hunter's River in the same season. The soil was a light sandy loam, of about two feet deep, upon a bed of oyster-shells and gravel. This was ascertained by the bank where he landed being bare and about five feet higher than the beach. Thus he could see the depth and nature of the soil. During his walk he fell in with a lagoon about two miles from the shore, and endeavoured to wade it, but finding it too deep, he returned and attempted to round it; in this, however, he was disappointed, for after walking about another mile, he fell in with a river running south towards Hardwicke Bay. The river was very clear with good water, about fifty yards wide, eight feet deep, and running a strong current. Captain Goold did not trace the river; but finding he could not get round the lagoon, he returned to his boat.

While on shore he caught two turtles of the hawksbill kind, and the celery assisted in making soup.

Captain Sutherland landed once on Yorke's Peninsula, in the bight near Corny Point, The soil there was thickly covered with timber and brushwood. Some of his men, however, landed on several parts of the Peninsula, and were sometimes absent three weeks at a time in search of seals. On these occasions they carried with them bread, and some salt meat; but having a musket and a dog with them, they always obtained fresh meat (kangaroos) when on the main as well as on some of the islands. On these expeditions they never took fresh water with them. They often spoke of the places they had seen as being very pleasant.

Captain Flinders remarks, that "between Corny Point and Point Pearce, twenty-eight miles to the north-north-east, is a large bay, well sheltered from all southern winds, and none others seem to blow with much strength here. The land bends eastward about seven leagues from Corny Point to the head of the bay,