Here is a collection of books about, featuring, or including, Ludwig Leichhardt. This list is not exhaustive and will grow over time, with your suggestions. Reviewer comments - if any have been offered - are included as personal opinions only, for your guidance.

2013 CFNC From Jimba to Dried Beef Creek thumbnail

From Jimba to Dried Beef Creek 
Published by Chinchilla Field Naturalists Club, 2004
(One of eight CFNC publications to date) 

Eight chapters covering a range of topics relating to Ludwig Leichhardt's exploration throughout the Chinchilla area. Includes appendices of flora and fauna noted by Leichhardt and his party, Gilbert's bird list and a pull-out map.
RRP AU$20 (plus postage) 

Available by post (AU cheque or money order only) to:
The Treasurer, CFNC, PO Box 368, Chinchilla Q 4413

Simpson FC 300

IN LEICHHARDT’S FOOTSTEPS
The investigation of one of Australia’s most enduring mysteries
Simpson, Bruce

ABC Books, Sydney 2007
ISBN 9780733322426 (pbk)
224pp, 153 x 234 mm
AVAILABLE FROM QBD & OTHERS

This bloke knows what he is writing about. Even 'city-slickers' might almost feel the red dust and flies of far western Queensland in their faces as they read this book, so real and down-to-earth (no pun intended) are Simpson's first-hand experiences across the Outback, and so vividly does he describe his own investigations and insights. Highly recommended.

Bailey FC 300 INTO THE UNKNOWN 
The tormented life and expeditions of Ludwig Leichhardt
Bailey, John

Pan McMillan Australia, Sydney 2011
ISBN 9781742610450 (pbk)
396pp, 235 x 155 mm
AVAILABLE FROM QBD & OTHERS 

About as definitive a biography as it's possible to get, and a well-written easy read, which covers the life of the explorer, including his formative years, family relations and European travels before his departure for Australia. Highly recommended. 

 Finger FC 300 LUDWIG LEICHHARDT 
Lost in the Outback
Finger, Hans Wilhelm 

Rosenberg Publishing, Sydney, February 2013
ISBN 9781921719608 (pbk)
272pp, 285 x 210 mm, 75 b&W and 13 maps

AVAILABLE FROM Rosenberg Publishing and retailers
Bicentenary English translation (Australian edition)

This is the next book on the reading list, and comments will be posted in due course. (If you have read Finger, why not use the Contact form to share your review thoughts?) 

 Finger 1 DE FC LEICHHARDT
Die ganze Geschichte von F. W. Ludwig Leichhardt - Traeumer, Forscher und Entdeckungs¬reisender in Australien, erzaehlt von ihm selbst und seinem Chronisten nach seinen hinterlassenen Tagebuechern, Briefen und Reiseaufzeichnungen.
Finger, Hans Wilhelm

578pp, size 22.5 x 15.5 cm, 105 illustrations/maps
ISBN 3-930457-13-X (hbk)

More info at Goettingen University's website sub-page.

The work was republished in September 2000, after a 1999 second edition, as an enlarged and limited special edition by the Goettingen State and University Library, amended October 2001 in Munich. The book is currently out of print, but might be available from second-hand booksellers.


 Trunschke FC 400H thumb

NATIVE REGION OF LUDWIG LEICHHARDT
Trunschke, Dr Hellmut

REGIA Verlag, Cottbus 2013
ISBN 978-3-86929-161-1
160pp, A5

AVAILABLE FROM REGIA Verlag

Dr Trunschke is a local farmer and teacher with a keen interest in both sport (of all kinds) and his native Schwielochsee region in the Oberspreewald. This colourful book, available in both German and English, introduces the reader to the history, local customs and festivals, sporting events (summer and winter), landmarks and places of interest in this picturesque district to the southeast of Berlin. A fascinating mix of local tales, poems, song lyrics, flora, fauna and legends, this little book is a gem to read.

 Lewis cover 300 WHERE IS DR LEICHHARDT?
The greatest mystery in Australian history

Lewis, Darrell 
ISBN 978 1 921867 76 7 (pbk)
Monash University Publishing, Melbourne 2013

AVAILABLE FROM Monash University Publishing

Read the full review here.

 LL Journal FC 300  

JOURNAL OF AN OVERLAND EXPEDITION IN AUSTRALIA
Leichhardt, Ludwig
Kessinger Publishing, Whitefish, Montana, USA 
(Digital reprint)
ISBN 1419127977 (pbk)
298pp, 192 x 235 mm

AVAILABLE FROM Kessinger and Amazon 

 Parish FC 300 EARLY EXPLORERS
Amazing Facts series
Parish, Steve & Cox, Karin

Pascal Press, Sydney 2008 (reprint 2012)
ISBN 9781741932959 (pbk)
80pp, 225 x 292 mm
Available from STEVE PARISH & Pascal Press

Excellent 'primer' for students and anyone wanting  a colourful overview of the individuals and expeditions who uncovered Australia. Terrific presentation, full of information, marred by a minor error or two, but worth the modest price for Parish's trademark quality imagery.

 Favenc FC 300 Explorers of Australia
Favenc, Ernest
Senate (Tiger Books International), London, 1998 edition

(First pub. Whitcombe & Tombs, Melbourne, Christchurch, London, 1908)

Explorer John Forrest, in his Introduction to the 1908 edition, is kinder in his paragraph given over to Leichhardt than the author in the 14 pages he allocated to the missing Prussian at the end of Part Eight “The Early Forties”. Leichhardt’s shortcomings are to the fore, with grudging concessions to his few accomplishments. As a work compiled over a century ago, however, and within the first few decades of Leichhardt’s disappearance, this book is written in the tenor of the times, bringing the feel of the last of the 19th century to light. Recommended for context.


 

German Presence FC 300 

 

The German Presence in Queensland
Jurgensen, Manfred & Corkhill, Alan (Eds.)
University of Queensland, 1988
135 x 220mm, 414pp incl Index, extensive Footnotes
More than 36 photos, diagrams and tables
ISBN 0 86776 246X
Available from Manfred Jurgensen
Write to PO Box 2705, New Farm Qld 4005

This collection of 23 papers was presented at a UQ Department of German symposium in August 1987. Among the fascinating range of topics, Manfred Jurgensen analysed the literary aspects of Leichhardt's journal of the Port Essington expedition, and Irmtraud Petersson compared history and fiction in a study of Leichhardt and Voss. Only 3 hardbacks (AU$35) and 2 paperbacks (AU$25) still available (Feb.2014) for sale.

 

 SUP Port-Essington study FC 200W

Port Essington: The historical archaeology of a north Australian nineteenth-century military outpost
Allen, Jim
Sydney University Press, 2008
A4 pbk, 140pp incl Bibliography and Sources
More than 110 diagrams, photos, maps and illustrations
ISBN 9781920898878
Available from Sydney University Press

A fascinating archaeological examination of the ruins of Victoria was undertaken by Jim Allen in 1966, republished as part of a series of monographs in 2008. Broad appeal as a reference book to students and practitioners of historical archaeology and to people interested in Australian colonial history.

 

Our thanks to Darrell Lewis for adding to our growing bibliography with these titles:

  •  The Mystery of Ludwig Leichhardt 
    Connell, G., Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1980

  •  Strange New World
    Chisholm, A., Sydney 1941

  •  A nomad was our guide
    Grayden, W., N.H. Holdings Publications, Perth, 2002

  • Eight Months with Dr. Leichhardt in the years 1846–1848
    ~ Mann, J.F., Turner and Henderson, Sydney, 1888

  • Leichhardt the Dauntless Explorer
    ~ Roderick, C., Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1988

  • Proud Intrepid Heart
    ~ Sprod, D. , Blubber Head Press, Hobart, 1989

  • Leichhardt’s Expeditioners in the Australian wilderness
    ~ Sprod, D., Blubberhead Press, Hobart, 2006

  • Whirlwinds in the Plain: Ludwig Leichhardt – friends, foes and history
    ~ Webster, E., Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1980

  • An Explorer at Rest: Ludwig Leichhardt’s at Port Essington and on the homeward voyage 1845-46
    ~ Webster, E.,  Melbourne University Press, Melbourne 1986
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