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Overview of the National Museum of Australia’s purchase of the Leichhardt nameplate

Matthew Higgins, National Museum of Australia

Ludwig Leichhardt series, 15 June 2007

Curator Matthew Higgins outlines the work undertaken to establish the authenticity of a small brass nameplate, the first object with a corroborated provenance from explorer Ludwig Leichhardt’s lost 1848 expedition.

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collection, exploration, leichhardt, science

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‘A very tolerable addition’: Leichhardt’s mapping of the Balonne River

Dr Martin Woods, National Library of Australia

Ludwig Leichhardt series, 15 June 2007

Curator Martin Woods examines a rare map drawn by Ludwig Leichhardt. Woods says the map of the Balonne and Condamine rivers in Queensland raised hopes of an expanded Darling Downs farming district and funded Leichhardt’s final journey.

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agriculture, exploration, leichhardt

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Leichhardt: the motivations of an explorer

Professor Rod Home, University of Melbourne

Ludwig Leichhardt series, 15 June 2007

Historian Rod Home looks at Ludwig Leichhardt’s family background, financial situation and formal scientific training to argue the explorer was also a perceptive naturalist with a well defined research agenda in Australia. NOTE: audio loops from 18:40 on.

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exploration, leichhardt, science

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Deepening the mystery: the 1938 South Australian government Leichhardt search party

Dr Philip Jones, South Australian Museum

Ludwig Leichhardt series, 15 June 2007

Historian Philip Jones re-examines evidence found in the Simpson Desert in 1938, which prompted a search for the Ludwig Leichhardt’s lost expedition. He argues the search party may have discovered an Aboriginal burial site.

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archaeology, exploration, indigenous, leichhardt

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He nearly made it: Leichhardt’s ‘grand plan’ of 1848

Dr Darrell Lewis, Australian National University

Ludwig Leichhardt series, 15 June 2007

Darrell Lewis examines German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt’s intended route for his attempted east-west crossing of Australia. Lewis argues that Leichhardt followed his plan and managed to cross two-thirds of the continent.

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exploration, leichhardt, science

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Leichhardt in Australian literature

Dr Susan Martin, La Trobe University

Ludwig Leichhardt series, 15 June 2007

The fascination of Australian writers with explorer Ludwig Leichhardt, including Patrick White’s Voss, earlier elegiac poems and Lemurian novels, is examined by English lecturer Susan Martin.

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art, exploration, leichhardt

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Leichhardt as scientist and diarist

Dr Tom Darragh, Museum Victoria

Ludwig Leichhardt series, 15 June 2007

Tom Darragh uses Ludwig Leichhardt’s diaries to show the skill and accuracy with which the explorer and naturalist recorded scientific observations and information about plants and geological specimens, in terminology which is still used today.

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environment, exploration, leichhardt, science

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Examining the intersections of historical research and fictional writing

Dr Lenore Coltheart, political historian, and author Frank Moorhouse

Historical Imagination series, 20 May 2007

The convergence of history and fiction and the power of archives and objects to inform their work on Australian women and the League of Nations is explored by political historian Lenore Coltheart and author Frank Moorhouse.

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art, museums, politics, ways of knowing, women

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Looking across the beach both ways

Professor Greg Dening, Australian National University

Captain James Cook series, 28 July 2006

Historian Greg Dening examines the cultural achievements of the Sea of Islands or Pacific peoples with a particular focus on Tupaia, a priest of Oro, who joined Captain James Cook on the Endeavour.

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cook, exploration, indigenous, pacific

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Discovering Cook: Georg Forster and the image of Captain Cook

Nigel Erskine, Australian National Maritime Museum

Captain James Cook series, 28 July 2006

Curator Nigel Erskine discusses the official account of Captain James Cook’s third Pacific voyage, particularly the introductory essay by German naturalist and fellow voyager Georg Forster.

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cook, exploration, pacific

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