Iwas studying an early 19th Century boomerang in a display cabinet and "the remarkable course it takes when thrown into the air" (courtesy of Major Mitchell
's expedition journal to the Darling and Murray rivers in Australia).
Far below, a steady line of dust is raised behind a farmer's plough, creating a very different landscape as opposed to the one seen by Major Mitchell
. A peregrine falcon soars on the thermals surveying the ancient cliff faces dotted with the colourful specks of rock climbers pitting their skills against nature.
Eccleston, Granville Stapylton: Australia Felix 1836, second in command to Major Mitchell
A 7-year-old male Major Mitchell
's cockatoo (Lophochroa leadbeateri) presented with a recent history of lethargy and anorexia.
One embryo was a Major Mitchell
cockatoo (Cacatua leadbeateri) (cycle threshold 31.41) and the other a red-crowned Amazon (Amazona viridigenalis) (cycle threshold 35.1).
Quite apart from the crude appeal to patriotism, a relentless focus on the bad things that have happened in history can get a bit depressing, however much incidental pleasure can be obtained from the element of farce, such as the determination of explorers such as Major Mitchell
and Burke and Wills to waste time and resources building military forts in the outback.
Mr Cheney, who spent the night at Bagram, breakfasted with US soldiers, Major Mitchell
Written by Major Mitchell
, "The Witch on Oak Street" is a wonderful series of original, imaginative, and entertaining tales in which a nine year old heroine named Debbie Folino learns amazing life lessons about true friendship, Christian faith, and ultimate belief.
Although Mitchell entered the Signal Corps in 1898, the bulk of the book centers on the period from 1916, when Major Mitchell
was appointed deputy head of the Aviation Section (his first aviation duty), to his court martial in 1925.
In 1836, Major Mitchell
used the term Australia Felix to describe the Australian landscape.