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.
Young artists exhibit in Goyatz
Tuesday 22 October 2013 saw the official launch of the translated Leichhardt Diaries, edited by Tom Darragh and Rod Fensham, published by the Queensland Museum, to celebrate the completion of this mammoth project, at a special function hosted by GABA and the Brisbane German Club. VIP guests and visiting dignitaries and academicians raised a glass on the eve of the lost explorer's 200th birthday. Get your order form for the diaries here.
Humboldt Foundation awards
Two Bicentennial Research Fellowships were awarded in 2013, in memory of the great explorer ~ "like none other, he symbolises the bonds of friendship between Australia and Germany" said the Foundation. You can read more in English here and in German here.
'When Leichhardt came back ...'
In mid-1988, the long-lost Ludwig Leichhardt returned to Sydney after an absence of over 140 years ... and via an unlikely Cold War route. Ludwig R.H. Leichhardt, the great-great-grand nephew of the explorer - and a man who strongly resembles his famous relative - travelled from the-then East Germany to participate in a conference. The East German Liga für Völkerfreundschaft (International Friendship League) presented a relief of the explorer to the City of Leichhardt. Finally, a bronze bust, for which Ludwig Jr had sat as model, was flown in from East Berlin as national present to Australia in the Bicentennial year. Dr Andrew Hurley presented an interesting talk at the University of Technology, Sydney, on Friday 25 October, and you can download the flyer here.
Leichhardt in Parliament
On Tuesday 25 June 2013, Senator Sue Boyce (Queensland) addressed the Australian parliament. In a wide-ranging speech, Sen. Boyce canvassed some of the range of activities set down for the Bicentenary year ~ with particular reference to a project close to her own heart. Read more
Australia-Germany Science Circles are a joint initiative of the German Embassy in Canberra and the Australian Embassy in Berlin. Keynote addresses for the events, which usually take place twice a year in each country, are given by leading academics or policy makers. In June 2013 in Canberra, the German Embassy and CSIRO hosted a Leichhardt-focused event. Read more.
Oktoberfest for Teens
Well, that's that for another year, and what a fabulous Oktoberfest Brisbane turned on in 2013! School was ‘in’ on Thursday, 17 October at Australia’s largest and most authentic Oktoberfest. Of course, this special year's events had a definite 'Leichhardt flavour'! Read more. You can see a selection of some of the excellent student posters here. We hope to bring some more reports and images as soon as the exhausted and happy organisers have recovered!
'Leichhardt Trail' tour
Hunter Valley bushwalk
Leichhardt's early travels around Newcastle and the Hunter Valley, in 1842-43, have been overshadowed by his great exploit across northern Australia. You can revisit the sites and scenes of his early explorations in Mt Royal National Park, about 50km north of Singleton. Callicoma Eco-cabins and local historian/naturalist Martin Fallding invite visitors to come for a walk in Ludwig's footsteps, through world heritage forest in the spectacular Barrington Tops wilderness region. Download the informative brochure (A4, 2pp, 550kb) here.
Dawson River Festival
Fun-filled Spring days of activities rolled through the Dawson River towns of Taroom, Theodore, Moura and Baralaba during September 2013. Taroom's turn is from Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th.
There's a definite Leichhardt theme this year, along the river named by the explorer almost 170 years ago. Art, photography, fashion, horseracing, golf, bowls and outdoor sports for kids of all ages complement the festival markets on the Sunday.
An easy six-hour drive from Brisbane, on the Warrego and Leichhardt Highways, in LeichhardtLand!
Remember 'Leichhardt's Ghost'...?
What else is news?
You are invited to connect with us by sending in details of upcoming Leichhardt-related events in 2014 and beyond. You are also invited to let us know about past Leichhardt events in 2013. This will enable us to develop a comprehensive record of this Bicentenary year, both in Australia and Germany. To find out more about file types and sizes, and to access the contact form, click here.