Members of the 1875 expedition


Mr Ernest Giles, Leader

Mr William Tietkens, Officer, Second in command

Jess Young, Officer

Alec Ross, son of explorer John Ross

Peter Nicholls, Cook

Saleh Mahomed, Camel Driver

Tommy Oldham

Taj Saleh


All of these people were on the expedition except Taj who is a fictitious character. He tells his own story but also tells the story of the expedition as well.


I gleaned what the characters may have been like from the journals of Ernest Giles: Australia Twice Traversed and also from papers the other men wrote for Geographical Societies or newspapers.