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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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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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Ludwig Leichhardt: a loss to science and Australian culture

Professor Henry Nix, Australian National University

Ludwig Leichhardt series, 15 June 2007

Scientist Henry Nix argues that had explorer Ludwig Leichhardt lived, he could have published the results of his scientific observations and joined the company of peers including Alexander von Humboldt and Charles Darwin.

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darwin, environment, leichhardt, science

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Leichhardt panel discussion

Dr Tom Darragh, David Hallam, Matthew Higgins, Professor Rod Home, Dr Philip Jones, Dick Kimber, Dr Darrell Lewis, Dr Susan Martin, Professor Henry Nix and Dr Martin Woods

Ludwig Leichhardt series, 15 June 2007

Alice Springs historian Dick Kimber proposes an alternative theory for the fate of Ludwig Leichhardt’s expedition, arguing that it was lost in the Simpson Desert, in a closing discussion with earlier symposium speakers.

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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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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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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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Encounters with wondrous things: the historical significance of the Cook-Forster Collection

Professor Paul Turnbull, Griffith University

Captain James Cook series, 28 July 2006

The historical significance of the Cook-Forster ethnographic collection of the University of Göttingen in Germany is examined by historian Paul Turnbull.

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collection, cook, museums, pacific

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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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