On This Day – December 23, 1862

From Adelaide we have our files to the 23rd inst. by the Havilah, which reached Sandridge Railway Pier about five o’clock on Sunday morning. By the Havilah, Mr. Howitt and his party arrived, bringing the remains of Burke and Wills. The steamer was telegraphed off Cape Otway at half-past twelve o’clock on Saturday. The agents expected her to arrive about midnight, and consequently at twelve o’clock Dr. Macadam, Dr. Eades, Mr. J. Watson, and Dr. Wilkie members of the Exploration Committee, accompanied by Mr. J. V. A. Bruce, proceeded to Sandridge, with a hearse and two mourning carriages. The vessel did not arrive for several hours afterwards. Upon proceeding on board, the committee were met by Mr. Howitt and Dr. Murray. The remains of the explorers were delivered over to them, and were quietly conveyed to the hall of the Royal Society, where they now lie.