A brief European History of Uluru

We know that there are around 500 million years of Geological History of Uluru, whilst the European History of Uluru is a story that spans about 150 years. By comparison, well it’s hardly a comparison! You can also see how that History has impacted Cultural History of Uluru.

Who were the first non-Aboriginal people to see Uluru and Kata Tjuta?

William Gosse, 1873. The first non-Aboriginal person to Uluru.

In 1872, an expedition party led by the explorer Ernest Giles saw Kata Tjuta from a distance. Giles named the largest dome Mount Olga, after Queen Olga of Württemberg, and so the formation was referred to as ‘The Olgas’.

In 1873 another explorer, William Gosse, became the first non-Aboriginal person to see Uluru, naming it Ayers Rock after the Chief Secretary of South Australia, Sir Henry Ayers.

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