Oct 19, 2013

200th birth anniversary of German explorer and naturalist Ludwig Leichhardt (1813–c.1848) from AUSTRALIA

Stamp Name:200th birth anniversary of German explorer and naturalist Ludwig Leichhardt (1813–c.1848)
Issue Date:15th OCT'2013 
Australia and Germany are commemorating the 200th birth anniversary of German explorer and naturalist Ludwig Leichhardt (1813–c. 1848) with the release of a joint stamp issue.

Australia Post Philatelic Manager Michael Zsolt said, “Leichhardt’s legacy includes his contribution to the natural sciences in Australia which is detailed in his field books, notebooks, journals and diaries. His mysterious disappearance in the Australian outback during one of his expeditions ensures he lives on in our nation’s mythology.”

“We worked closely with Deutsche Post on this joint stamp issue which highlights the important work and legacy of explorer Ludwig Leichhardt.”

Leichhardt was born in Prussia and was initially educated at the universities of Berlin and Göttingen. He also studied medical and natural sciences in London and Paris. Leichhardt arrived in Sydney in February 1842 with the intention of exploring the inland of Australia.

Leichhardt undertook three major expeditions in Australia: an overland expedition from the Darling Downs, Queensland to Port Essington in the Northern Territory from October 1844 to December 1845, an unsuccessful attempt in December 1846 to cross Australia from east to west, and a final east–west quest to cross the continent from the Condamine River, Queensland to the Swan River in Western Australia. This last expedition, which set out in March 1848, resulted in the disappearance of Leichhardt and his entire party, of which no remains have ever been found.

The stamp features a portrait of Ludwig Leichhardt from around 1846, which is held by the National Library of Australia. The stamp was designed by Melbourne-based designer Gary Domoney.
Source-Australia Post.

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