Leichhardt: A Scientist in a Strange Land

The Exhibition

Leichhardt drew on his many areas of interest during his travels in Australia, keenly observing not only the flora and fauna, geography and fossils, but also the Europeans he met in colonial society and the Aboriginal people he encountered on his journeys.

From his first years in Australia, his trip from Sydney to Moreton Bay, his much-lauded Port Essington expedition, to his final tragic attempt to cross the continent, Leichhardt recorded his observations in diaries and letters, which resulted in his enduring legacy to science and the arts.

Sydney to Moreton Bay

Sydney to Moreton Bay

Leichhardt’s arrival in Australia and expeditions to Moreton Bay set him on his course of discovery, and the young Prussian’s professional training equipped him for his explorations into Australian science and society.

Port Essington Triumph

Port Essington Triumph

In October 1844, Leichhardt, leading a small group of men embarked on an ambitious expedition to cross the continent from Moreton Bay to Port Essington, near present day Darwin.

Into Oblivion

Into Oblivion

The fate of Leichhardt and his men after departing Mount Abundance in 1848 remains one of the great mysteries of Australian history.

Leichhardt Remembered

Leichhardt Remembered

Leichhardt has had a significant impact on Australian culture. Streets, suburbs and an electorate have been named after him, and he was the inspiration for an award winning novel.

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