10 April

Leaving the party encamped I crossed the Lachlan and rode eight miles due  south to Bolloon which proved to be the highest cone of a low ridge  situated within the great bend of this river. I found it a valuable  station for continuing my chain of triangles downwards, as from it Mounts  Cunningham and Allan, Hurd’s Peak, Peel’s and Goulburn ranges, Mount  Granard, etc. are all visible. We passed some lower hills belonging to  the same chain, and of which the basis seemed to be the prevailing  ferruginous sandstone. In my return to the camp I found the dogs had  killed an emu.

It is singular that none of the natives would eat of this bird; and the  reasons they gave were that they were young men, and that none but older  men who had gins were allowed to eat it; adding that it would make young  men all over boils or eruptions. This rule of abstinence was also rigidly  observed by our interpreter Piper.

Late in the night I was awoke by one of the watch firing a pistol at a  native dog which had got close to the sheepfold. At the same moment a  sheep leaped out and, having been at the first alarm pursued by our dogs,  it was worried in the bed of the river. The native dog having howled as  it escaped was supposed to have been wounded. To prevent such occurrences  in future and as this arose from a neglect of my original plan, the two  fires of the men’s tents were ordered to be again placed in such  positions as threw light around the sheepfold, which was of canvas  fastened to portable stakes and pegs. (See plan of camp, Volume 1.)