About the Kennedy Electorate
It also covers one of the most diverse areas of the country, stretching from the Gulf of Carpentaria and Mareeba in the north to Boulia in the south, and from the Queensland/Northern Territory border to the Pacific Ocean.
Bob visits each of these centres as often as possible supporting the hard-working people in industries such as sugar, dairy, fishing, mining, coffee, bananas, rare fruits, wine production, potatoe growing, bara and prawn farming and cattle grazing.
Area: 568,993 sq km*
Electors enrolled: 94,117 at August 6, 2012*
* SOURCE: Australian Electoral Commission www.aec.gov.au
About Edmund Kennedy
(5 September 1818 – 23 December 1848)
In 1848 the Assistant Surveyor of NSW Edmund Kennedy led an expedition to explore Cape York Peninsula.
In the previous year he had discovered the Thomson River and established the Barcoo River was part of Cooper's Creek.
Arriving at Rockingham Bay (north of Townsville) in May Kennedy's party, after much privation and toil, reached Weymouth Bay where they established a depot.
Kennedy, with four others – Costigan, Dunn, Luff, and a indigenous Australian, Jacky Jacky – left this depot in an endeavour to reach Cape York where a relief ship was expected.
After leaving the others at Shelburne Bay Kennedy and Jacky Jacky continued north. Only Jacky Jacky reached Cape York for in a skirmish with other indigenous Australians Kennedy was killed.
Jacky Jacky guided the ship's relief party to Shelburne Bay but Costigan, Dunn, and Luff had perished. At the Weymouth Bay depot only two survivors were found.