Robert O'Hara Burke

1821 - 1861

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Robert O'Hara Burke (6 May 1821 – c. 28 June 1861) was an Irish soldier and police officer who achieved fame as an Australian explorer. He was the leader of the ill-fated Burke and Wills expedition, which was the first expedition to cross Australia from south to north, finding a route across the continent from the settled areas of Victoria to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert O'Hara Burke has received more than 122,066 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Robert O'Hara Burke is the 362nd most popular explorer (down from 349th in 2019), the 211th most popular biography from Ireland (down from 209th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Irish Explorer.

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Among explorers, Robert O'Hara Burke ranks 362 out of 405Before him are John Marshall, George Back, Gombojab Tsybikov, Edward John Eyre, Jørgen Jørgensen, and Aeneas Mackintosh. After him are Ed Stafford, Gennady Nevelskoy, Artur Chilingarov, Sir John Barrow, 1st Baronet, Mikhail Somov, and George Bass.

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Among people born in 1821, Robert O'Hara Burke ranks 74Before him are Charles Francis Hall, Samuel Baker, Juan Bautista Topete, Jane Wilde, Amalie Dietrich, and John Abbott. After him are Charles Tupper, Daniel Harvey Hill, and Old Tom Morris. Among people deceased in 1861, Robert O'Hara Burke ranks 47Before him are Stephen A. Douglas, Heinrich Rudolf Schinz, Ippolito Nievo, Louis Niedermeyer, Frédéric de Lafresnaye, and Manuel Antônio de Almeida. After him are Eliphalet Remington and Nathaniel Lyon.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, Robert O'Hara Burke ranks 211 out of 460Before him are Matt McGrath (1875), Garret FitzGerald (1926), Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh (1911), Damien Rice (1973), Patrick Bergin (1951), and Michael Scott (1959). After him are Graham Norton (1963), Liam Cosgrave (1920), Willoughby Hamilton (1864), Barney McKenna (1939), Wolfe Tone (1763), and Owen Moore (1886).

Among EXPLORERS In Ireland

Among explorers born in Ireland, Robert O'Hara Burke ranks 5Before him are Ernest Shackleton (1874), Antoine Thomson d'Abbadie (1810), Edward Bransfield (1785), and Robert McClure (1807). After him are Tom Crean (1877) and Henry Kellett (1806).