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Ludwig revisited
Many remember Leichhardt for the mystery of the disappearance of he and his party on his third expedition across Australia. But what do we really know of the man before he vanished? There is much more to the story of the great man's journeys across Queensland and Australia than the lasting mystery of his disappearance. Robin Kleinschmidt and others explain. This piece was published in October 2012 in the book Queensland's German connections, and we acknowledge the GACCQ for permission to reproduce it here

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Unearthing Ludwig's diaries
Self-confessed ‘discoverer’ and ecologist Rod Fensham stumbled upon the great explorer’s original diaries hidden deep in library vaults, and embarked on a long journey of his own to have them translated and published for the bicentenary in 2013. This piece was published in October 2012 in the book Queensland's German connections, and we acknowledge the GACCQ for permission to reproduce it here.


Paterson's poem
'Banjo' Paterson was one of Australia's most revered poets and writers, whose famous works included Waltzing Matilda and The Man from Snowy River. His prolific output ranged from these evocative, haunting ballads to verse of much drier whimsy. Hardships and pomposity lost their sting when looked at through Paterson's larrikin lens. In 1899, he produced some wise words for those seeking the lost explorer, which you can read here.


Where Leichhardt Lies
Many decades after 'Banjo' Paterson, stockman and author Bruce Simpson wrote some verse of his own. No place for whimsy in Simpson's eyes, however. He creates for the reader a searingly vivid word picture of the demented dimensions of Australia's vast Outback. It is a brooding, ageless land, capable of withholding its secrets from mere mortals like us. Read Simpson's poem here.


Leichhardt in bronze
German-born Queensland sculptor Bodo Muche has an exciting vision for a larger-than-life bronze monument of the great explorer. You can read more about his work and the proposal, and see images of the small maquette (model) he made for the Bicentennial birthday here.


Leichhardt in silver
The Perth Mint celebrated the Bicentenary with the release of a stunning silver 2oz commemorative coin at the start of 2013. Ludwig Leichhardt himself attended the launch events in Berlin ~ if you don't believe us, read more (and see the pictures!) here.

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