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Charles Darwin in Australia

By: Frank Nicholas (Author), Jan Nicholas (Author)

260 pages, Col & b/w illus

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Feb 2009 | Edition: 2 | #177973 | ISBN-13: 9780521728676
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Early in 1836 Charles Darwin spent two months in Australia as part of his round-the-world voyage on the Beagle. During this time, he visited Sydney, travelled on horseback to Bathurst, visited Hobart and called into King George Sound. In addition to making extensive notes on the geology of the country, and recording some observations on natural history, Darwin interacted with several of the colonies' leading citizens, including Kings and Macarthurs in Sydney, and Alfred Stephen and George Frankland in Hobart.

This book provides the definitive account of this part of the Beagle's voyage. It is based on specific transcriptions of the entire Australian section of Darwin's diary, supplemented by extracts from field notes, letters and published material. The lavish illustrations include contemporary works by two of Australia's most famous early artists (Augustus Earle and Conrad Martens), both of whom had been Darwin's Beagle shipmates earlier in the voyage.

'This is far from a coffee-table book. It brings to the educated general public an awareness about a young Charles Darwin in Australia never before available.' Ross Fitzgerald, The Sydney Morning Herald 'Darwin in Australia manages to be both an invaluable reference work and a good read, and you can't do much better than that.' Gavin Gatenby, Australian Natural History 'The Nicholas' have produced a delectable volume on this period ! It is a necessary purchase for all Australians and all Darwin-freaks, but well worth some of the rest of us having on our shelves.' R. J. Berry, The Biologist 'For a beginner to Darwinian studies this book has a good introduction to the Australia leg of the Beagle voyage. To those more familiar with Australia a little over 30 years before Darwin it is interesting to read of developments over this formative period ! In conclusion this is an excellent paperback book for a general readership, and all the better for being at a reasonable price.' Archives of Natural History


Foreword James Moore; List of illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgements; A note on the transcriptions; 1. Introduction; 2. Arrival in Sydney and a trip across the Blue Mountains; 3. Return from Bathurst and impressions of Sydney; 4. Hobart and environs; 5. King George Sound and farewell to Australia; 6. Postscript; Appendix: summary of documents relating to Darwin's visit to Australia; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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Frank Nicholas is an animal geneticist at the University of Sydney.

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