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Count Paul Edmund (de) Strzelecki 
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Date (from)(Date to)Event
1797 Born (Gluzyma, Polish Prussia).
1825 Moved to Scotland?.
18341839Travelled in Far East.
18391840Exploring in New South Wales, Australia.
18471848Agent for the "British Association for the relief of the extreme Distress in Ireland & Scotland" in Ireland.
1848 Naturalised as British subject.
21 November 1848 C.B. (Companion of the Bath).
June 1853 Fellow of the Royal Society.
1855 Accompanied Lord Lyons to the Crimea.
20 June 1860 D.C.L. (Doctor of Civic Law), Oxford.
13 June 1869 K.C.M.G. (Knight Commander of St Michael and St George).
6 October 1873 Died.
In 1839 Sir George Gipps, the Governor of New South Wales, persuaded Strzelecki to undertake the exploration of the interior He devoted himself especially to the scientific examination of the geology and mineralogy, flora, fauna, and aborigines of the Great Darling Range, conducting all these operations at his own expense. He named the area Gippsland, and also named (and may have climbed) Australia's highest mountain, Mount Kosciusko (2228 m). He then decided to travel to Melbourne by a short cut across the ranges, but conditions were so bad in the scrub that he and his team had to abandon their packhorses and all the botanical and other specimens, and almost starved before eventually reaching that city. During this journey Strzelecki discovered gold two hundred miles west of Sydney, but supressed this knowledge at the request of the governor "for fear of the serious consequences which, considering the condition and population of the colony, were to be apprehended from the cupidity of the prisoners and labourers.".
Literature: (Heney; Kaluski; Paszkowski; Rawson).
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