Augustus Charles Gregory

 Augustus Charles Gregory  1819-1905

Augustus Charles Gregory was born in Farnsfield 1 August 1819.

He left, with his family, for Australia in 1829.

The family settled in what is now Perth, Western Australia.

Augustus Gregory became prominent as a surveyor and explorer, leading two successful expeditions in Western Australia.

He later commanded the North Australian Expedition 1855-56, sponsored by the British government, which explored the area of the Victoria River in the Northern Territory and successfully crossed to Brisbane in Queensland.

In 1858 he was appointed by the government of New South Wales to lead an expedition to find traces of Ludwig Leichhardt’s second expedition which had disappeared in 1848.

He was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society in 1863.

He became a member of the Legislative Council in 1874.

He was knighted ( KCMG) in 1903.

Gregory died near Brisbane 25 June 1905.

He is commemorated in Australia through the national park that bears his name.

He is remembered in Farnsfield  through the road name “Gregory Gardens”.

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