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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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Scientific analysis of the Leichhardt plate

David Hallam, National Museum of Australia

Ludwig Leichhardt series, 15 June 2007

Conservator David Hallam outlines the metal and corrosion analysis which helped to authenticate the Leichhardt nameplate. The plate is the only known artefact from Ludwig Leichhardt’s lost 1848 Australian expedition with a corroborated provenance.

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conservation, exploration, leichhardt

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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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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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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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Brushed with fame: museological investments in the Cook voyage collections

Lissant Bolton, British Museum, United Kingdom

Captain James Cook series, 28 July 2006

Historian Lissant Bolton considers the nature of Captain James Cook’s fame in a museological context and discusses how difficult it is to present artefacts from the Pacific in an exhibition without reference to Cook’s three voyages.

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collection, cook, museums, pacific

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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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To attempt some new discoveries in that vast unknown tract

Professor Adrienne Kaeppler, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, United States

Captain James Cook series, 28 July 2006

Anthropologist Adrienne Kaeppler outlines the research that has gone into reconstructing the ethnographic collections from Captain James Cook’s three Pacific voyages.

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collection, cook, exploration, pacific

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