20 March

We proceeded, crossing the channel near the cattle station where I learnt
that it was joined immediately below by that which I had named King’s
creek on my last journey; also that water was abundant in it below the
junction. Some natives joined us and Piper prevailed on one of them to be
our guide, as far as he knew the country. The use of such a guide in
following an unexplored watercourse is that bad places for the carts may
be avoided, and the doubles of the stream cut off by the easiest routes.


In crossing a gully which entered the creek near another station, called

Chilberengaba, we broke a wheel, and though we had travelled only about

seven miles we were obliged to encamp, and remain until the carpenter and

the smith could repair it.


In the meantime I set out with the native guide for the summit of Marga,

which proved to be one of my old fixed points. It was about seven miles

south-west of our camp; but after a most fatiguing ascent of two steep

and rocky ridges, during great heat, I was obliged to return without

reaching Marga. At the cattle station we heard of a bullock which had

been left by us in an exhausted state during our last expedition; and we

succeeded in bringing it in, and in laying the yoke on its neck for

another visit to the banks of the Darling; it was fitter than any other

of our working bullocks. I added a second species of Psoralea to that

discovered yesterday, a small graceful plant with racemes of purplish

minute flowers, elevated far above the leaves, and on slender stalks so

tough as to be broken only with some difficulty.*

(*Footnote. P. tenax, Lindley manuscripts; herbacea, depressa, perennis,

glabra, foliis glandulosis palmatim 5-foliolatis, foliolis linearibus vel

lineari-oblongis obtusis, racemis cylindraceis longissime pedunculatis

erectis, leguminibus ovatis scabris glabris.)