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 ...