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  Seen here is Burke and Wills departing on their expedition. An engraving taken from the Illustrated London, February 1, 1862 - Page 126  
The 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.