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Leichardt’s Ill Tempered Bullock- Dry Beef Creek

September 18, 1844 – June 22, 1845.

After many days preparation principally taken up in breaking in the pack bullocks, we were at length on the 18th. Sept. enabled to make a fair start from Stevens station, two days were taken up in getting them the first stage to Gowrie, and 2 days more to Coxen's, here we were annoyed by the horses taking back, the next stage was to the long-water hole on Oakey Creek. Here also we were obliged to halt a day for both horses and bullocks ran back to Coxen's station and came in too late in the day to enable us to start, hitherto not a days travelling concluded without one or more of the bullocks throwing off their loads, many bags of flour &c in consequence were torn and a portion of our stores lost. From Oakey Creek we made Myall Creek a distance of 14 miles without any accident – the bullocks for the first time travelling the whole day without any attempt to ease themselves of their loads; the next stage was to Jimba [Jimbour](15 miles), our last station. Both the last days travelling was very distressing to both horses and bullocks the major part of the whole distance of thirty miles being either flooded or boggy

2 October 1844

From Jimba we steered in a North-west direction allowing six degrees for the variation of the compass; in about 3 miles we came upon the Waterloo plain, across which for six miles, skirting the timber on our right, we arrived at a small creek, crossing which we camped for the night, the creek came from the eastward, and below us bent round and ran about west by north for a mile, we did not conclude our days march without one of our usual annoyances, as one of our Bullocks became restive, and threw off its load, which detained us some time. Days distance 9 miles.

Although the Bullocks and horses came in so late, the Dr. was anxious to make a few miles, we therefore commenced preparations, and had nearly concluded when one of the Bullocks in an ill humour began to back and kick till in the end he not only threw off the whole of his load, but broke the saddle so much that to have started after the necessary repairs, would have been useless, the Dr. therefore determined on remaining at the same camp.