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20/20: 20 Great Lists by 20 Outstanding Business Thinkers by Diana Renner, Steven D’Souza

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2.WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THE INHABITANTS OF THE UNKNOWN?

Mounted on a granite block, an imposing statue stands at City Square, on the corner of Collins and Swanston Streets in Melbourne, Australia.

The inscription around the base reads:

Robert O’Hara Burke and William John Wills

Leaders of the Victorian exploring expedition

The first to cross the continent from south to north

They perished on the return journey

At Cooper’s creek, Central Australia, June 1861

Burke stands to the left of the seated Wills, arm resting on his shoulder. A book lies open in Wills’ lap. The statue was unveiled on 21 April 1865, four years after the expedition’s ill-fated end.

The story of Burke and Wills is one of triumph, as the expedition managed to reach the ...

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