David Carnegie – Explorer and Prospector

The Hon. David Wynford Carnegie left an indelible legacy in Western Australia, and one that was even more remarkable considering the short time he was here.

David Carnegie spent time prospecting in the eastern goldfields and was mentored by the bushman’s bushman, Gus Luck, before he embarked on his classic exploration from Wiluna to Halls Creek and return through the desolate wastes of three deserts. It was during this trip that he located and named Empress Springs after Queen Victoria.

Leaving Western Australia after his great expedition, Carnegie went to Nigeria where he was killed by a poisoned arrow while quelling a native rebellion.

Further Reading:
Carnegie, David W., Spinifex and Sand, Hesperian Press, Carlisle, Western Australia, 1989
O’Hear, Ann, Letters from Nigeria, Hesperian Press, Carlisle, 2007.


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