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'This paper examines Ludwig Leichhardt's early Australian diaries, spanning from April 1842 until July 1844, in relation to his cultural legacy. Although Leichhardt's standing as an explorer was initially established following the success of his journey to Port Essington in 1844-46, his reputation in Australia was later damaged by controversies arising from rival accounts of both this first journey and particularly of the second expedition of 1846-47. These controversies, at times informed by anti-Prussian and later by anti-German prejudices, have dominated Leichhardt's reception in Australia, while at the same time diverting attention from his German cultural background and the ways in which it may have influenced his writings on Australia. Leichhardt's education took place within the contexts of the late German Enlightenment, of philosophical idealism and of romanticism, and key elements of those interrelated movements can be detected in his early Australian diaries. It is, moreover, clear that Leichhardt saw his letters and diaries as contribution not only to the natural sciences, but also to the genre of romantic travel literature, exemplified by his idol Alexander von Humboldt, among others. This in turn raises the possibility that Leichhardt's own romantic modes of expression may have influenced his most culturally resonant alter-ego in the canon of Australian literature, the eponymous protagonist of Patrick White's novel Voss (1957). ' (541)

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    y The Leichhardt Papers : Reflections on His Life and Legacy Memoirs of the Queensland Museum – Culture vol. 7 no. 2 June Roderick J. Fensham (editor), 2013 6557245 2013 periodical issue biography correspondence

    'Six scholarly papers on Leichhardt’s cultural legacy, his social observations, Leichhardt as a geologist, botanist and ecologist, the significance of his discoveries for the understanding of extinct Australian megafauna, and his contribution to Australian Aboriginal linguistics and ethnography.' (Source: http://www.harbeck.com.au/Ludwig-Leichhardt.pdf )

    2013
    pg. 541-560
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