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Issue Details: First known date: 1937... 1937 The Mystery of Ludwig Leichhardt : The Innocent Victim of the Ironies of Fate
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This, the twelfth in a series on pioneers and explorers, tells of the life and expeditions of Ludwig Leichhardt. Leichhardt, born in Germany, evaded the draft by going to Australia where he worked as a biologist. His first expedition, from the Darling Downs to the Gulf of Carpentaria, was a great success. However, on the return journey to Port Essington he ran into troubles with the Indigenous Australians and lost horses and men. On his second expedition he intended to cross Australia from east to west, but this failed. In 1848 he set out on his third expedition to the Swan River but somewhere en route to the Gulf of Carpentaria he lost his life.


  • Includes portrait.

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    y separately published work icon The Queenslander 10 June 1937 Z1720419 1937 newspaper issue 1937 pg. 3, 50
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  • Port Essington, Cobourg Peninsula, West Arnhem Land, Arnhem Land, Top End, Northern Territory,
  • Leichhardt River, Gulf of Carpentaria area, Far North Queensland, Queensland,
  • Roper River area, East Arnhem Land, Arnhem Land, Top End, Northern Territory,
  • Gilbert River, Far North Queensland, Queensland,
  • Gulf of Carpentaria area, Far North Queensland, Queensland,
  • Burdekin River, Far North Queensland, Queensland,
  • Hunter River, Newcastle, Newcastle - Hunter Valley area, New South Wales,
  • Moreton Bay, Brisbane - South East, Brisbane, Queensland,
  • Darling Downs, Queensland,
  • Peak Downs, Clermont, Clermont - Dysart - Moranbah - Glenden area, Central West Queensland, Queensland,
  • Condamine River, Darling Downs, Queensland,
  • Barcoo River, Isisford - Windorah area, South West Queensland, Queensland,
  • 1813-1848
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