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50 Treasures: William Hann's expedition diary

Our thirty-second treasure is one of the original diaries from an expedition that would significantly influence the history of north Queensland settlement. From the Library Archives comes William Hann's diary.

Ian Frazer answers the question "why is this significant?"

William Hann’s respect for the Aboriginal people of Cape York is expressed matter-of-factly in the daily log of his 1872 expedition from Mount Surprise to Princess Charlotte Bay and back.

 Until recently, seeing this pocket-sized diary involved visiting JCU’s Eddie Koiki Mabo Library in Townsville armed with a pencil, gloves and digital camera. The Hann Family Archive has been in the safe keeping of JCU Library’s Special Collections for the past 40 years. Now, digitised as one of Special Collections’ 50 Treasures, Hann’s daily diary notes on the Northern Expedition — June 26 to November 11, 1872 — can be studied online alongside his official expedition diary (published in June, 1873), and easily accessible o…
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