|Dr Thorne on the left calculating the thiamine content of a bottle of wine.|
The original Commission of Inquiry which sat in 1861 laid most of the blame on Mr Brahe, Mr Wright, and the Exploration Committee.
Dr Hendtlass found that the primary cause of the deaths of Burke, Wills and Gray was 'nutritional inadequacy including starvation and beriberi associated with thiamine deficiency', for which Burke was entirely responsible as the person who made the decisons on what and how much food to take. She found that Burke was unsuitable to be the leader of the Exploration Expedition. The responsibility for the appointment of such an unsuitable leader lies with the Exploration Committee, and they must share the blame for the deaths.
The full report will be available to read on the Royal Society of Victoria website on Monday 30 April.