Hunt never actually mentioned constructing a well at this location although he did state that it was his intention to do so.
8 April 1865. … there is a large hole in the surface of granite rock at Duladgin which I will try to enlarge by blasting it will I trust make a good reservoir easily filled by the first rain fall.
During his 1866 Eastern Interior Expedition he used Duladgin as a depot. If Hunt’s team built a well rather than blasting out a hole in the rock it has been buried.
On his first expedition to the East, Hunt recorded:
30 March 1864 Wednesday … at 4.45pm halt at Duladgin rocks – quartz no water but fair feed for the horses …
On 2 August 1864, on a subsequent expedition, Hunt recorded that, ‘This camp is not to be trusted to for water’.
East of the rock is a rectangular timbered well built by the Mines Department c1900.
At the turn off to Weowanie Rock is the lonely grave of a woodcutter, Thomas Davidson, a Scot, who died here on 28 May 1895.
Duladgin is an aboriginal name of unknown meaning. The rock is within Reserve 3112.
The reports of the various trips, tours and travels on the Adventures website have a lot of information about place names – their naming and features – toponymy. More information.
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