Sir George Grey
Sir George Grey. Journals of two expeditions of discovery in north-west and western Australia. London, 1841.
Sir George Grey (1812–1898), embarked in H.M.S. "Beagle" (the same ship that took Darwin to the Galapagos Islands) in July 1837, arriving off the coast of Australia in December. In 1838 and 1839 he led two exploratory expeditions of the coastline. His optimistic reports of great fertility were soon questioned, and his claim that 'no country in the world is better watered' may surprise Western Australians. In the first expedition, Grey was wounded in the thigh by an Aborigine's spear. In return, he shot his attacker. Grey became a colonial governor and subsequently premier of New Zealand.