Forrest, Sir John (Sir John Forres)( traveler and explorer of Australia)
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Biography Forrest, Sir John (Sir John Forres)
1847 - 1918
Even before its maturity Forrest was appointed leader of the expedition sent to search for traces of the missing 21 years before that Ludwig Leyhgardta.
A year later, he held an expedition from Perth to Adelaide along the Great Australian Bight. Forrest could not tell anything good about this waterless area. The expedition gave few practical results, but found little land suitable for agriculture.
Then in March 1874, he held an expedition from Champion Bay and farms across the desert Karvarona Gibson at a land telegraph line (Overland Telegraph line).
At that time nobody knew what resembles the western part of the continent. Sources of water were scarce and very far from each other, they had to look for, observing the behavior of local animals. The expedition was subjected to two savage attacks against Aboriginal people, as the travelers made a parking lot on the holy land for local residents. In addition, researchers have suffered from lack of food and water, which eventually led to scurvy.
Once, while in 1500 kilometers from the nearest settlement, the expedition saved from destruction only by a sudden rain fell - the phenomenon is extremely rare for the desert.
Finally in September the explorers reached the Land telegraph line. Struck by their appearance, the telegraph gave them food and clothes, and they were able to send a telegram home. Thus, it was filled with one of the few remaining "white spots" on the map of Australia.
Investigations Forrest were awarded by the Government on his appointment to various positions of responsibility. When in 1890 the Western Australia was granted partial self-government, Forrest was elected Prime Minister.