Dome at Dusk: Ink and mercury – the art and science of the Burke and Wills expedition

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Image: Ludwig Becker, Tiger moth caught at Minindie, 15 October, 1860, watercolour with pen and ink, H16486
02 May 2019, 6:00pm6:30pm
Location Dome Galleries, Level 5
The Dome
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

Burke and Wills’ ill-fated expedition left a legacy of art and science, often created in dire circumstances.

Expedition artist Ludwig Becker made exquisite drawings of landscapes, wildlife and the Indigenous people he met, while William Wills kept equally meticulous navigation and climate records right up to the point where he was forced to abandon his instruments in a race for survival.

Learn more about these revealing records, which were retrieved after the tragic failure of the expedition and became part of the Library’s collection in 1875.