Freidrich Wilhelm LEICHHARDT 1813-1848
Their arrival in Port Essington in December, 1845 was quite a surprise, for they had long been given up for dead.
In fact, three people had perished and they had endured unbelievable hardships, but they had travelled through the most rugged parts of Queensland and the Northern Territory. They had also discovered several notable rivers and much arable land.
Leichhardt set off again in 1846, planning to travel across Australia's north and down the west coast to Perth. His party turned back after only 800 kilometres due to illness, bad weather and disagreements.
Undeterred, Leichhardt found sponsorship for another expedition. It departed from the Condamine River in 1848 and included four white men, two Aborigines, seven horses, twenty mules and fifty bullocks, none of which were ever seen again.
Source: Certificate accompanying the 1994 Masterpieces in Silver - The Explorers - Set.
Freidrich Wilhelm Leichhardt is featured on the following Australian coins: