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Charles Darwin in Australia
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  • Page extent: 236 pages
  • Size: 198 x 127 mm
  • Weight: 0.278 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 508.94/092 B
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: QH31.D2 N53 2002
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Darwin, Charles,--1809-1882
    • Natural history--Australia
    • Naturalists--England--Biography

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521017022 | ISBN-10: 0521017025)

DOI: 10.2277/0521017025

  • There was also a Hardback of this title but it is no longer available
  • Published July 2002

Replaced by 9780521728676

 (Stock level updated: 02:19 GMT, 01 December 2015)


Early in 1836 Charles Darwin spent two months in Australia as part of his voyage around the world on the Beagle. During this time he visited the town of Sydney, travelled on horseback across the Blue Mountains to Bathurst, visited Hobart in Tasmania, and called in to King George Sound in Western Australia. Darwin met with several of the leading figures of the Australian colonies, including members of the King and Macarthur families in Sydney, and Alfred Stephen and George Frankland in Hobart. This illustrated book is based on the entire Australian section of Darwin's diary. This is supplemented by extracts from the notebook that he carried on the trip to Bathurst, together with extracts from his geological and zoological field notes.

• Based on the entire Australian section of Darwin’s diary • Supplemented by extracts from the Bathurst notebook, together with extracts from Darwin’s geological and zoological field notes • A unique insight into Darwin’s thinking, and into the Australian personalities of the day


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.


‘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

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