Ludwig Leichhardt, Explorer and Naturalist

Come and see the travelling trunk left by eccentric explorer Ludwig Leichhardt at the first store in Drayton during one of his visits between 1843 and 1848, on display at Cobb+Co Museum.

His expeditions are part of the Australian school curriculum, suburbs in Sydney and Brisbane have been named after him, as well as a river, a highway and even a federal electorate, but who is Ludwig Leichhardt and why are we celebrating his birthday 200 years later?

Leichhardt led three expeditions through the interior of the Australian continent, studying and documenting its unique botany, fauna and geology and he recorded geological features which scientists still refer to when assessing changes in wildlife and topography since white settlement.

He visited the Darling Downs several times between 1843 and 1848 and he was also interested in the languages and customs of the Aboriginal people he encountered and was one of the first to recognise and collect megafauna fossils in the newly settled areas of the Darling Downs,” Mrs Bailey said.

He never returned from the last of his journeys and how he and his entire party could disappear without trace has been one of Australia's most enduring mysteries.

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Event Details

20 July 2013 - 18 August 2013