Ludwig Leichhardt

Media release

29 January 2013

Foreign Minister Bob Car, today launched a year of celebrations to honour the birth of German-born Australian explorer Ludwig Leichhardt, during a visit to Berlin.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Leichhardt's birth.

"Leichhardt was one of the greatest explorers and naturalists in Australia, but remains little-known in Germany", Senator Carr said.

"To address this, Australia and Germany will collaborate to promote this great explorer through support for scientific research and discovery.

"I'm pleased that with the support of the German Bundestag, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will award Ludwig Leichhardt bursaries to two Australian researchers to undertake research in Germany."

Senator Carr also unveiled a commemorative coin from the Perth Mint, to honour the anniversary of Leichhardt's birth. Australia and Germany will also issue a joint stamp in time for Leichhardt's 200th birthday in October 2013.

Ludwig Leichhardt was born near Berlin in 1813. He travelled to Australia in 1842 and conducted a series of expeditions into central and north-eastern areas, collecting and cataloguing thousands of specimens of native flora and fauna.

He vanished on the last of his journeys in 1848, in an attempt to cross the continent from east to west.

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