Leichhardt at sea
No, we're not talking about Ludwig's voyage out to Australia; we have found some interesting stories about ships bearing the name Leichhardt. Curiously, three of them appear to have been at sea, in different parts of the world, around the same time in the late 19th century ~ and we don't know what happened to two of them! At least one of them seems to have had only one 'h' in the name, and almost all have a very definite connection with the coasts of Queensland and the Northern Territory. You can see pictures and read more here.
During 2013, Queensland Senator Sue Boyce marked the Bicentenary with an essay and drawing competition for school students who study in the electorates that Leichhardt passed through. Today that is the current electorates of Groom, Flynn, Dawson, Kennedy, Maranoa, Capricornia and Leichhardt. More than 600 entries were submitted, and you can find out more about the winners and their work here.
Drug legacy lives on
This is the story of a little plant that has connected two great nations – Australia and Germany. The CSIRO's Steph Overton and Elizabeth Yuncken outline how a discovery made by Leichhardt in the 19th century remains relevant in the 21st century. Read more here.
Amidst all the detailed insights and commentary in the pages of Leichhardt's published account, there is much which could be highlighted. In the GACCQ book Queensland's German connections, four particularly eloquent entries were extracted from the Journal, and each given a contemporary image and a double page spread. You can find these here.
For 170 years, students, scientists, adventurers and writers have pondered the question of the man, as much as his fate. Was Leichhardt the egomaniacal fool he is often portrayed to be, lucky by accident but fumblingly predestined for tragedy? Or was he a misunderstood and misrepresented foreigner, in a harsh young colony built by prisoners and visionaries? The Goethe Institut has an interesting article ~ or three ~ on its website, and you can read more, in English or German, here.
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