Captain E A Delisser led an expedition from South Australia. New and liberal land regulations allowed for a pastoral lease with four years free rent, in order to encourage parties seeking pastoral lands to venture westward by land and sea.
James Maclean Dempster sought to gain pastoral land, but needed additional finance. He approached Walter Padbury (1820 – 1907), who was the colonies leading stock breeder, merchant and pastoralist, for assistance, Padbury agreed to invest 100 pounds in their venture.
A South Australian exploration party exploring in the schooner Daphne had landed at Thistle Cove, sixty miles west of Cape Arid.