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Mackay exploring expedition in Central Australia

Donald Mackay, a wealthy pastoralist with a keen sense of adventure, organised an expedition to explore central Australia and invited Herbert Basedow to join him.

Frank Feast and Bert Ollife, who had both accompanied Basedow on earlier trips, were also selected. Transport on the four-month expedition was provided by 25 camels, with a buggy to carry Mackay's and Basedow's personal equipment, including two film cameras brought by Basedow.

Map outlining the expedition in 1926 through the Northern Territory and South Australia. The stylised map, in a yellow ochre colour, shows the expedition route as a white line. There are no ground features or other forms of map information, apart from the border sections separating the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. Locations such as Charlotte Waters, Oodnadatta, Uluru, the Olgas and Mt Currie are indicated. A small map of Australia is in the upper right-hand corner of the map. It shows the expedition area as a small rectangle.
Map outlining the 1926 expedition route through central Australia

While camped at Uluru Basedow studied the area's geology and rock paintings. He also surveyed the country they traversed, and later published a map that included Aboriginal names of features in the landscape.

At Mount Currie, north-west of the Olgas, two local men joined the group for a while, guiding it through difficult terrain. Basedow used his knowledge of the Luritja language to communicate with these men and other Aboriginal people they encountered.

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