The footfalls of history were clearly echoing on both sides of the Brisbane River during this significant anniversary visit, as our guest savoured rare opportunities to get up close and personal with some precious memories.
From William Street to South Bank - the two halves of the earliest North and South Brisbane towns - the Leichhardt-Queensland connection was revisited, in hushed whispers and the white-gloved handling of irreplaceable artefacts. Thanks to the teams at the Royal Historical Society of Queensland, the State Library of Queensland (John Oxley Library) and the Queensland Museum, some very special connections were made anew.
To be able to read and hold a letter written by his ancestor more than 170 years earlier was a visibly moving experience for our visitor. To have Ludwig Leichhardt's descendant visiting these facilities and being shown these items ... well, we'll just let the expressions on people's faces tell that part of the story here.
|Ludwig (L) and journalist Wolfgang Kreuzer at the Royal Historical Society of Queensland's Commissariat Store in the city. (Foto: Helen McMonagle)||SLQ's Lynn Meyers arranged for Ludwig to see the original of Deputy Surveyor-General Perry's map of the 1844-45 expedition. (Foto: Helen McMonagle)|
|The RHSQ very kindly made available copies of its original Leichhardt letter and other documents for Ludwig to take home. (Foto: MT)||RHSQ's Christina Michie was thrilled that Ludwig could personally autograph a copy of the ANU's fabulous, just-released Leichhardt map. (Foto: MT)|
|An image of the famous 'Leichhardt Dig Tree' at Comet in central Qld was a moving find for Ludwig, who received a digital copy. (SLQ-JOL & RHSQ)||Christina Michie and RHSQ past-President Helen McMonagle with the Society's treasured signed copy of the ANU's expedition map. (Foto: MT)|
|Co-editor of the QM's translated Leichhardt Diaries (2013) Rod Fensham and QM scientist Dr Barbara Baehr before Ludwig's museum visit. (Foto: MT)||Dr Isolde Neugart (L), Dr Baehr and Honorary Consul Schütz join Ludwig in marvelling at the Queensland Museum's original Leichhardt letter. (Foto: MT)|
|Cover of the 1867 diary of search leader Barnett, commissioned by 'the ladies of Victoria' to search for the missing explorer. (Foto: Queensland Museum)||Ludwig viewing the priceless diary, with QM's CEO Prof Suzanne Miller and Honorary Consul Schütz. (Foto: Queensland Museum)|
|QM Curator David Parkhill (L) briefed Ludwig on some of the other Leichhardt artefacts in the Queensland Museum's collection, and here Prof Miller explains to Ludwig how modern MRI scanning enables vivid insights into the structure of the tiny fish specimens (in bottles) collected by his ancestor without the need
to damage or destroy the unique items by actual physical dissection. (Foto: MT)