poem is dedicated to Robert O'Hara Burke and
William John Wills the australian explorers.
It is also dedicated to their butler Charles
Gray. In the summer of 1860, in Melbourne, Australia,
Burke and Wills set out on an expedition, never
to return. Burke and Wills died of dehydration.
They were only a few hours away from being saved.
Their bodies were found and brought back to
Melbourne. The Australian Government erected
a monument in commemoration of the two. Like
the poet James Montgomery, the explorers Burke
and Wills had an inspirational effect on young
Fenerty. This poem was probably written in Australia
during Fenerty's time there.