The name ""Charles Sturt"" may not be a familiar one to young readers unless they have just finished studying the history of Australia. Down under he is known as the ""father of Australian exploration""; he covered hundreds of miles of unknown inland and found an enormous river system on three separate expeditions between 1828-1838. All the details and facts seem to be here, but the account would have been clearer and more readable had the author been selective with his large amount of material. Some of the descriptions are sharp and unusual (e.g. seeing a flock of 1,000 frightened cockatoos take off); however, these come few and far between. In the sketchy pictures by the author, the aborigines look more inhuman than primitive. A long dry record of the endless search for waterways.