IMG 4796 PO 23.10 Goyatz PD-speaking 290W   IMG 4797 PO 23.10 Goyatz BJ-speaking 290W
Above: Prof.Dr Peter Danckert reflected on both Leichhardt and his legacy, and the events of 2013, as well as the personal and professional meaning for him at the climax of a long and distinguished parliamentary career. (Foto: MT) Above: Brandenburg State Secretary Burkhard Jungkamp spoke eloquently and enthusiastically on Leichhardt's resonance with science and education for the youth of today, and proposed some initial thoughts for links in the future. (Foto: MT)

A late morning tea break allowed a strolling digeridoo player to provide an atmospheric background to the buzz of conversation throughout the hall. After the audience reconvened, visiting delegate Matthew Tesch provided an interesting counterpoint presentation, from a Queensland and Australian perspective, to the year's events in Germany. 

"My brief was to offer an Überblick (overview) of Leichhardt in 2013 Down Under," he said, "and it was a little intimidating to have to make such a presentation to an audience that had been so obviously active and engaged in Germany for many, many months." You can find out more about this presentation, and read the illustrated texts, in German and English PDFs, on the next page of this article.

Australian artist and Berlin resident Sue Hayward spoke next about her Leichhardt stele project, and its strong personal significance given her own family's historical links with Germany. The audience watched the films of the memorial's unveiling the afternoon before, and you can read more about this here.

The succession of speakers which followed was a wonderful 'roll-call' of the other key players involved in 'Leichhardt Year 2013'. Mr Heiko Jahn, head of the Tourism Development Association Lieberose/Oberspreewald, presented a slideshow and talked the audience through a summary of the  events and activities conducted during the previous 10 months. It was truly remarkable to witness what had been achieved, and the degree of community engagement developed.

Mr Werner Pfeil spoke next, silently accompanied on stage by the magnificent Leichhardt Dahlia which had been his passion for so long; you can read more here. And, with the day drawing towards its formal close, the effervescent Mr André Parade kindly truncated his enthusiastic summary of museum and local affairs, up the road in Trebatsch ~ you can find out more here.

IMG 4798 PO 23.10 Goyatz interval-didgeridoo 290W   IMG 4813 PO 23.10 Goyatz SueHayward 290W
Above: interval entertainment was provided by a strolling digeridoo player, who appears to be serenading the Leichhardt Dahlia. (Foto: MT) Above: Australian artist Sue Hayward spoke movingly of her family's historical connections with Germany and the meaning of her stele. (Foto: MT)

 

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