Morrison trained as a surgeon, but made his reputation as a journalist and adventurer.
At 17 he walked from his home town of Geelong to Adelaide, writing articles for the Leader.
He later walked across Australia from north to south, reported on the Pacific slave trade for The Age , led an exploring mission into New Guinea (until he was speared by natives).
He achieved international fame as Asia correspondent for the London Times, not least for his coverage of the siege of Peking during the Boxer Rebellion.
He became an adviser to the Chinese government.
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