Dan Baschiera is a veteran Social Worker and an experienced Humanitarian Logistician. Born and raised on the southern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Dan arrived in Australia as a ‘bush trained’ young man when his father left Africa due to medical reasons. On graduating from Curtin University he made his way up to Northern Australia where he has remained in between adventures ever since.
He loves the outback, bushwalking, sailing and history. With four languages under his belt he has a keen insight into humanity and its cultures. He has helped develop Australia’s first undergraduate degree in Humanitarianism. In 2008, teaming with his wife Annie Whybourne, they discovered a Leichhardt blaze in Kakadu National Park, after 100 years of people seeking just such a tree in the region. It took Dan two years to untangle what he calls “the distortions created by a 19th century colonial Australia” in what he believes was its society’s attempt to discredit Ludwig Leichhardt and hide his ethnological findings from the then scientific circles in London.
Dan and Annie’s discovery seems to highlight yet another distortion laid into the achievements and history of Australia’s truly enigmatic scientist. While nothing can be proven Dan believes it hardens speculation on his ‘flour bag thesis' contained within the pages of his book.
|With sponsorship from this book Dan and Annie originally sought to develop a bushwalk through Kakadu National Park using the coordinates Leichhardt used. However the traditional owners fear for the sacred areas – and for the crocodiles across Leichhardt’s path. So Dan and Annie now seek to capture the rich legacy of one of our earliest scientists and the friendships he made as he walked into the Dreaming with a documentary film, which they hope to produce and broadcast in 2014.|
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