Leichhardt on the mind

The manhunt continues for the Prussian enigma

Leichhardt on the mind

Where is Dr Leichhardt?: The greatest mystery in Australian history

by Darrell Lewis

Monash University Publishing, $39.95 pb, 440 pp, 9781921867767

Among all the myriad characters, brilliant and brutish, fraudulent and fabulous, who lobbed into New South Wales in the mid-nineteenth century, Ludwig Leichhardt, born in rural Prussia 200 years ago, was in a class of his own.

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Martin Thomas

Martin Thomas

Martin Thomas is a cultural historian and broadcaster. As an interviewer, he contributes to the Oral History and Folklore Program of the National Library of Australia. Based in Canberra, he is an Australian Research Council Fellow at the Australian National University, but he spends part of each year in Arnhem Land. He has written or edited six books, including The Many Worlds of R. H. Mathews: In Search of an Australian Anthropologist, winner of the 2012 National Biography Award. Having made documentaries for radio for more than twenty years, he is now working on his first film, an investigation of the removal of human remains from Aboriginal mortuary sites during the American–Australian Scientific Expedition in 1948. He was the winner of the 2013 Calibre Prize for an Outstanding Essay.

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