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With great ceremony, Australian explorers Burke and Wills are buried in Melbourne, Australia

Public funeral of explorers Robert Burke and William Wills, Melbourne, Australia, January 21, 1863, British artist's impression
01/21/1863
The two British explorers, Robert O'Hara Burke and William Wills, had perished in June 1861 during  the return leg from their epic exploration of the interior of Australia north from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria on the north coast. They became Australian national heroes and the Victorian Government ordered their bodies returned to Melbourne where a large state funeral was held with around 40,000 lining the streets of the state capital.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Funeral of Burke and Wills," Illustrated London News, April 25, 1863, p. 462 
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