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Tales That Would Bridge a Gulf

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October 1980, no. 25

Whirlwinds in the Plain: Ludwig Leichhardt – friends, foes and history by Elsie M. Webster

Melbourne University Press, $28.60 hb, 462 pp

Book 2 Cover Small (400 x 600)

The Mystery of Ludwig Leichhardt by Gordon Connell

Melbourne University Press, $12.20 pb, 96 pp

Tales That Would Bridge a Gulf

by
October 1980, no. 25

Inland explorers and their discoveries form a vital part of Australia’s historical consciousness and the tracks they made on maps of exploration and settlement are part of the learning process of every Australian schoolchild. All too often, though, the image of the explorer is two-dimensional and the men and their motives seem less interesting than the patterns of dotted lines in the huge expanse of the Australian continent in schoolbook maps.

One notable exception has been the Prussian explorer and naturalist, Ludwig Leichhardt, who came to Sydney in 1842 to study the land and to collect geological and botanical specimens, and who became the leader of expeditions in Northern Australia, to explore the inland rivers for new lands and routes across the vast territory to the north and west of the settled eastern coast.

Gordon Kidd reviews 'Whirlwinds in the Plain' by Elsie Webster and 'The Mystery of Ludwig Leichhardt' by Gordon Connell

Whirlwinds in the Plain: Ludwig Leichhardt – friends, foes and history

by Elsie M. Webster

Melbourne University Press, $28.60 hb, 462 pp

Book 2 Cover Small (400 x 600)

The Mystery of Ludwig Leichhardt

by Gordon Connell

Melbourne University Press, $12.20 pb, 96 pp

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