In these pages, we build our collection with news of events, exhibitions, conferences and tours.We will also compile and present past events, in both Australia and Germany, which have occurred over the course of 2013 and into 2014. Tell us about your Leichhardt event here.
QM online exhibition
The Queensland Museum launched its online exhibition Leichhardt: A scientist in a strange land on 20 October 2013. Set out in four parts - Sydney to Moreton Bay; Port Essington triumph; Into oblivion; and Leichhardt remembered - each part includes four or five topics based on artefacts in the QM collection. A fascinating look at different facets of Leichhardt and his travels, and one which 'fleshes out' the story with some hitherto-unseen gems. Click on the image (below right) to visit the exhibition home page direct, or on the QM logo to visit the museum's website.
New student exchange MoU signed
Leichhardt links firmed up another notch on 5 November, when the Ludwig-Leichhardt-Gymnasium (senior school) in Cottbus signed a Memorandum of Understanding on student exchange with Henley High School in Adelaide. See photos and read the report here.
Woodford's historical monuments unveiled
On 26 October 2013, an often-overlooked aspect of Leichhardt's early travels in southeast Queensland was given renewed focus in metal and stone. Woodford, an hour's drive northwest of Brisbane, nestles between the D'Aguilar and Conondale / Blackall Ranges. Much of the adjacent countryside was once part of the sprawling 'Durundur' station, settled by the Archer brothers in 1841 ~ the first European settlers in the district. Ludwig Leichhardt found his way there in 1843, and stayed at Durundur for eight months as he explored deep into the hinterland, before he set off on his great expedition in 1844. The Governor of Queensland, Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley AC, Patron of the Royal Historical Society of Quensland, unveiled a statue dedicated to the Archers. Ms Wensley and Germany's Queensland Honorary Consul Professor Michael Schütz then unveiled a plaque recognising Leichhardt's time there. Read the full report and see the pictures here
UPDATE: OCTOBER 2013
Well, what a week of Bicentenary events that has been! In Brandenburg and the hometown districts in the Oberspreewald, the enthusiasm for, and level of interest in, Ludwig Leichhardt is strong and vivid. From junior- and high-school students to artistic and cultural communities, from Tauche to Trebatsch and from Lieberose to Cottbus, Leichhardt's origins and legacies continue to be honoured. It has been a privilege to participate and you can find a selection of articles and images in the Reports from Germany section of this website. For a summary (in German, with pictures) of the awesome range of events and activities which have been undertaken in the Oberspreewald over the course of the year, please visit our sister website's Veranstaltungen 2013 page and gently scroll down. Note that many of the images can be clicked-on to open a mini-slide-show of the relevant event.
Cottbus and Goyatz events
A two-day program of diverse events unfolded over two days, 22-23 October across the Spreewald. A program including a range of speakers and presentations, film, and the official unveiling of a Leichhardt 'stele' by Australian artist Sue Hayward, the conference on the 23rd included a live link to the University of Queensland symposium in Brisbane. You can review the program for the official launch events in Cottbus here and the next day's Goyatz program (both are double-sided A4 page, folds to A5) here. You can find a full selection of reports and pictures from the events in Germany on another part of this website by clicking here.
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