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Notes on the Geography of Australia: Tennant Creek: Photo 1

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A fine, fine road north from Alice Springs, with nary a pothole on its 1,000-mile course. Even more amazing for Americans, there's no barbed-wire keeping you on the straight and narrow. This is the Stuart Highway, named for John McDouall Stuart, who--it's history time again!--arrived in Australia in 1838. He set out to claim the 2000-pound reward offered to the first person to cross Australia south to north. After traveling about 10,000 miles in 33 months, in 1862 Stuart made it to the north coast on his third attempt. Ten years later, the Overland Telegraph was opened along roughly his route.

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