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Depot Glen Pooles Grave and Sturts Cairn
- Category: Milparinka-Attraction
In 1845 Captain Charles Sturt and his expedition ventured into the region now known as the Corner Country. The region was in severe drought and the summer was unbearably hot. For several months the group camped beside a water hole in a rocky basalt glen, now known as Depot Glen. Many of the men were suffering from scurvy. By the time the rains finally came in July, James Poole, Sturt's second in command was very ill. He died just a few days after the expedition broke camp to continue their search for an inland sea. Poole's body was buried beneath a beefwood tree not far from their campsite at Depot Glen. Depot Glen, Poole's grave, and a cairn built by the men during their encampment form part of a privately owned sheep station known as Mt Poole. The sites are all accessible from the Hawker Gate Road.