John McKinlay

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Birthday
26, 1819
Birthplace
Scotland
Death Date
Dec 31, 1872 (53)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
26, 1819
Birthplace
Scotland
Death Date
Dec 31, 1872 (53)

About

Remembered for his nineteenth-century exploration of Australia, this Scottish-born adventurer is particularly notable for his involvement in the search and rescue effort following the disastrous Burke and Wills expedition of the early 1860s.

Before Fame

Before beginning his exploration of Australia, he studied at Scotland's Dalinlongart School.

Trivia

In the mid 1860s, he led an expedition to Australia's Northern Territory.

Family Life

A native of Sandbank, Scotland, and the child of Dugald and Catherine McKinlay, he relocated with his brother, Alexander, to New South Wales Australia, at the age of seventeen. He married Jane Pile in 1863.

Associated With

Over the course of his Burke and Wills expedition search mission, McKinlay uncovered the remains of the mission's leader, explorer Robert O'Hara-Burke.