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Into the Unknown : The Tormented Life and Expeditions of Ludwig Leichhardt - John Bailey

Into the Unknown

The Tormented Life and Expeditions of Ludwig Leichhardt

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Ludwig Leichhardt is undoubtedly Australia's most fascinating early explorer. Born and educated in Prussia in the early 19th century, Leichhardt felt shackled by the narrow expectations of his family and the highly regimented society of his birth. He was a polymath, a man fascinated by the natural world and everything in it and he longed for adventure and exploration. Australia was then almost completely unknown and unexplored apart from the colonies clustered on its coastline – the interior of the continent a vast and mysterious blank. It was a country and a time ripe for amateur naturalists and explorers, and Leichhardt took up the challenge.

His expeditions were to begin in triumph, then dwindle into acrimony, despair and misery before finally ending in disappearance, death and one of the great enduring mysteries of the 19th century.

John Bailey, acclaimed author of Mr Stuart's Track, has written a masterful biography of this strange, brilliant, difficult, driven and tormented man. Alive with the period, the details of early exploration, the experience of the harsh Australian landscape and the quirks of personality and character that both made Leichhardt such a success and then eventually destroyed him, Into the Unknown offers a true insight into this most intriguing of men.

About the Author

John Bailey has been a barrister in Melbourne, a public servant in Papua New Guinea, and a teacher in England. He is the author of The White Divers of Broome, The Lost German Slave Girl and Mr Stuart's Track. He presently lives in northern NSW.

intriguing story


this portrait of Dr Leichhardt shows what a complex and contradictory man he was. there were times when I didn't like him, but at other times he was deeply admirable. the descriptions of fauna and flora existing in pre-European Queensland and NT were particularly fascinating.

Adelaide SA


I would buy this Author's worhs again


Wide ranging books. Never disappointed

Geelong, Australia


"History made real"


I found this a fascinating book revealing the life story of one of our pioneer explorers.I enjoyed reading of the hopes, dreams and huge struggles that this great explorer went through. For me there are no negatives and think that many Australians should learn of those who put so much effort into traversing this land which brought benefits to us all

Country Victoria


Into the Unknown

5.0 3


ISBN: 9781742610450
ISBN-10: 1742610455
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st October 2011
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.6
Edition Number: 1