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The virtual exhibition Ludwig Leichhardt: A German Explorer’s Letters Home from Australia has been created by Heike Hartmann (2015) under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 International license.

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This nameplate from one of Leichhardt’s weapons is the only undisputed relic of the missing 1848 expedition.

Introduction

Letter to his brother-in-law, Friedrich August Schmalfuß, Sydney (23 March 1842)

Leichhardt's letters

 

Portrait of Dr. Leichhardt, the explorer. Illustration by William Nicholas (1807–1854), in: Heads of the People: An Illustrated Journal of Literature, Whims and Oddities, Sydney, 1847.

Leichhardt's biography

 

Drawing of a bunya pine in Leichhardt’s field notebook

Indigenous knowledge

 

Specimen of an Australian fig tree, Ficus stephanocarpa, collected by Ludwig Leichhardt the British colony of New South Wales, 1842.

Botanical collection

 

The journey of the letters

 

 

 

Leichhardt's legacy in northern Australia

 

Ornithological specimens from the Port Essington Expedition, 1944-45.

Zoological collections

 

Further reading