They also provide an extraordinary insight into the character of this deeply misunderstood, brilliant and complex historical figure. This is not the Leichhardt of White’s Voss, but rather we come to know a young Ludwig, unburdened by the pressures and expectations of fame.
We find him occasionally in periods of depression and indecision, wrestling with his emotions and a developing philosophy. They are more personal than any other written record and give deep insight into Leichhardt’s character. More than anything else the diaries are a testament to a diligent and highly focussed student of nature.
Amidst impressions of the people and events he encountered is an orderly array of observations and inquiries from a young scientist intent on assimilating the strange geography of his adopted homeland.
Rod Fensham’s and Tom Darragh’s journey to translate Ludwig Leichhardt’s diaries comes to fruition in October 2013, with the official launch of the two-part commemorative work published by the Queensland Museum.
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