Portrait Ludwig Leichhardts (1813 – 1848) in der National Library of Australia
[Portrait of Ludwig Leichhardt] [ca. 1850]
The lithographic text in German which accompanies the picture is an excerpt from a letter to Leichhardt’s brother-in-law in Prussia, dated Sydney, 18 April 1846, in which Leichhardt tells of his hero’s welcome in Sydney as someone returned from the dead, and his plans from crossing the continent from east to west: „I hope to be on my way back from Swan River in two years‘ time. What I have in mind is to go up the Tropics, to make my way thence right across to the West coast of Australia in 22* or 23* of [South] latitude, and then to follow the coast southwards to Swan River. Sydney von 18th April 1846“. Signed „Ludwig Leichhardt“. (Translated in Aurousseau, „Letters of F. W. Ludwig Leichhardt“, Hakluyt Society, 1968). This letter was published several times in Germany and later in translation in Sydney; it was publicly available in German from April 1847 when it appeared in part in Froriep’s „Fortschritte der Geographie und Naturgeschichte“ (Weimar).
* PIC PIC/3772 LOC Drawer 7681–7690 *