John McDouall Stuart
John McDouall Stuart by Mona Stuart Webster.
Melbourne University Press, Australia, 1958.
A Biography. The Society regards this publication as a definitive text and reference.
The Heroic Journey of John McDouall Stuart
The Heroic Journey of John McDouall Stuart by Ian Mudie. Angus & Robertson, 1968. Another very good text
Exploring the Stuart Highway & the Oodnadatta Track
Exploring the Stuart Highway & the Oodnadatta Track (Sixth Edition). Tourist Information Distribution Australia.
They publish an excellent guide titled “Exploring The
Stuart Highway”. It is well written, researched and illustrated. It includes a superb picture of Stuart, as well as an excellent reproduction of his route map, and a good summary of The Great Northern Exploring Expedition.
Explorations in Australia
Explorations in Australia – The Journals of John McDouall Stuart During the years of 1858, 1859, 1860, 1861 & 1862. Edited From Mr Stuart’s Manuscript By William Hardman, M.A., F.R.G.s. , &c. London.
1865 Facsimile Edition, HESPERIAN PRESS, Western Australia, 1986.
John McDouall Stuart’s Explorations, 1858-62.
South Australian Parliamentary Papers 1858-63. Published by Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 2001.
This publication has an excellent introduction by respected historian and librarian, Valmai Hankel, which greatly assists in understanding the wider perspective around Stuart’s explorations. The Parliamentary Papers differ only slightly from the Journals edited by Hardman (see above entry).
Stuart’s Fourth Expedition
Stuart’s Fourth Expedition. (reproduced exactly as Stuart wrote it). Sullivan’s Cove, 1984.
J. McDouall Stuart’s Explorations across the Continent of Australia
J. McDouall Stuart’s Explorations across the Continent of Australia (Stuart’s Sixth Expedition). Friends of the State Library, South Australia, 1966.
The Journal of J McD S Second Journey of Exploration
The Journal of J McD S Second Journey of Exploration April-July 1859. Friends of the State Library, South Australia, 2002.
J. McDouall Stuart EXPLORATIONS 1861 – 2
J. McDouall Stuart EXPLORATIONS 1861 – 2 Melbourne – F.F. Bailliere 1863. Friends of the State Library of South Australia 1996.
Republished in July 2012 in softcover format, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Australia’s greatest exploration achievement. Introduction by respected historian and librarian, Valmai Hankel, which greatly assists in understanding the wider perspective around Stuart’s explorations.
Comments On The Journals Of John McDouall Stuart
Comments On The Journals Of John McDouall Stuart by T.G.H. Strehlow. Library Board Of South Australia, Adelaide, 1967.
Across The Centre
Across The Centre By Edward Stokes. Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 1966.
Overland Telegraph By Frank Clune. Angus & Robertson, 1955.
Explorers of Australia
Explorers of Australia by Ernest Favenc. Whitcombe & Tombs Ltd, 1908.
The Territory by Ernestine Hill. Angus & Robertson, 1951.
Colonial Dynasty by Margaret Goyder Kerr. Rigby, 1980.
An End to Silence
An End to Silence by Peter Taylor. Methuen Australia, 1980.
Exploring in the Seventies
Exploring in the Seventies by Alfred Giles. Friends of the State Library, South Australia, 1995.
Bush Tucker Man, Stories of Exploration and Survival
Bush Tucker Man, Stories of Exploration and Survival by Les Hiddins. ABC Books, 1996.
The Explorers by Tim Flannery. The Text Publishing Company, 1998.
Australian Geographic July/Sept 1998
Australian Geographic July/Sept 1998 (Number 11) by Edward Stokes.
The Singing Line
The Singing Line by Alice Thomson. Chatt & Windus, 1999.
John McDouall Stuart
John McDouall Stuart by Douglas Pike. Oxford University Press, 1958.
Explorers of Australia
Explorers of Australia by Geoffrey Badger. Kangaroo Press, 2001.
Tanami by Kieran Kelly. Pan Macmillan, 2003.
The Dig Tree
The Dig Tree by Sarah Murgatroyd. The Text Publishing Company, 2002.
Mr Stuart’s Track
Mr Stuart’s Track by John Bailey. Pan Macmillan, 2006.
The most recent ‘Stuart’ book; a well written biography.
Thumbs Up Australia
Thumbs Up Australia by Tom Parry. Nicholas Brearly Publishing, 2006.
Subtitled ‘Hitching the Outback’, this is an entertaining tale of a hitchiking couple who follow Stuart’s route.
Billiatt by Shirley Cameron Wilson.
Watt Price Publications 2006.
Compiled and edited by Annabel Price and Jill Watt.
This is the story of the life & times of John William Billiatt, who was the youngest of the Companions to successfully cross the continent from south to north.
Films & DVD’s
Ray Mears Goes Walkabout
Ray Mears Goes Walkabout by Ray Mears.
Hodder & Stoughton 2008.
An interesting travelogue by a highly respected survival and wild food expert. The desert section of the book features Stuart’s little known 2nd & 3rd Expeditions of 1859-60. This is also published as a book containing other stories of survival in Australia.
A Wire Through The Heart
A Wire Through the Heart brings to life the epic story of constructing Australia’s overland telegraph. The two central characters are dramatically recreated; explorer John McDouall Stuart and scientist Charles Todd, and the film documents their extraordinary tales of adventure and engineering struggle. Approximately one million viewers saw this screened on ABC TV in April 2007. The two different website addresses have different aspects of the documentary & the creation of it.
Conquering The Continent
Conquering The Continent by Kelvin Hogarth, a former committee member of the J McD Stuart Society.
DVD and VHS video film of Hogarth’s attempt to retrace Stuart’s Last Expedition, 1990.
This magnificent bi-monthly magazine records many aspects concerned with the heart of Australia. Articles about Stuart and about the Society were published in issue 34 (Aug/Sept 2004), issue 86 (Dec/Jan 2012) and in Outback Legends (2010)
Newsletters and Papers
Since 1964, newsletters and papers presented have been created by the John McDouall Stuart Society. As of May 2014, 134 newsletters have been published. Originally short communications , they have developed to incorporate articles of general interest, which remain connected to the Stuart theme.
The annual John McDouall Stuart Memorial Lecture is published after its presentation and is likewise concerned with events, people and places connected to Stuart.
The lives of some of Stuart’s Companions have also been researched and presented as stand alone papers.
A CD-ROM containing the first 112 newsletters of the Society is available. These are the newsletters from the first 40 years of the Society.
It retails for $30.00 including postage and handling, and may be obtained by writing to the President, Rick Moore, at 39 Hay Rd., Linden Park, South Australia, 5065 or emailing
This is an excellent resource for researchers, covering the years 1964 -2004.