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Hermann Beckler: Contributions on Australia Made in Germany

Thomas A. Darragh
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Curator Emeritus, Museums Victoria, Carlton, Vic. 3053, Australia. Email: tdarragh@museum.vic.gov.au

Historical Records of Australian Science - https://doi.org/10.1071/HR17013
Published online: 31 August 2017


Hermann Beckler is well known for his role in the Victorian Exploring Expedition (Burke and Wills Expedition), but little is known to Australians of his education or his writings in Germany. Details of his schooling, his time in present day Queensland and his Australian contributions after he returned to Germany are given here. Translations of two important papers are provided as Supplementary Material.

In Australien ist Hermann Beckler vor allem wegen seiner Teilnahme an der Victorianischen Erkundungsexpedition (Burke-und-Wills-Expedition) bekannt. Über seine Ausbildung und seine späteren Arbeiten in Deutschland weiβ man jedoch nur wenig. In diesem Beitrag werden die Schulzeit Beckers sowie sein Aufenthalt im heutigen Queensland und seine späteren Schriften zum Thema Australien beleuchtet. Übersetzungen von zwei wichtigen Abhandlungen sind im Ergänzungsmaterial enthalten.

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