Lance Pritchard, a long time member of Werribee Historical Society, was intrigued by a map that formed part of the State Library of Victoria’s exhibition, The Changing Face of Victoria in 2018. The map showed the route of Hume and Hovell during their 1824-25 expedition. Lance said, “Having accepted all my life that the Hume and Hovell expedition terminated at Hovell Creek, Corio Bay, I was shocked to see the map indicated to me that the expedition terminated at the Werribee River”. This book is a record of Lance’s research, bringing to bear his engineering training.
The Hume and Hovell expedition was one of most important journeys of exploration undertaken in eastern Australia. Commissioned by Sir Thomas Brisbane, the Governor of NSW, the explorers were to find new grazing land in the south of the colony, and also to find an answer to the mystery of where NSW’s western rivers flowed.