Charles Darwin Down Under, 1836

Discover the little-known Australian adventures of the young Charles Darwin through a rich collection of original artworks, items and diaries. Darwin visited Australia on the homeward leg of his five-year voyage on HMS Beagle. This exhibition reveals the naturalist’s travels in Australia from Sydney Cove to Hobart and on to Albany, exposing his fascination with our landscape, people and extraordinary animals. Celebrating 150 years since the publication of Darwin’s controversial On the origin of species by means of natural selection.

Image: Duck-billed platypus. Hand coloured engraving from John Gould, The mammals of Australia, part VII, London:1855

Open: 4 April 2009 – 26 July 2009
Picture Gallery
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Admission: Free

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