Image: Hare-wallaby specimen

Hare-wallaby specimen

One of two specimens of the Spectacled Hare-wallaby, Lagorchestes leichardti (now Lagorchestes conspicillatus leichardti), collected in 1846 used by naturalist and artist John Gould to describe the species.


Stuart Humphreys
© Australian Museum


In 1845, Leichhardt, supported by donated goods and finances and a small group of men, completed his first pioneering voyage of exploration from Moreton Bay (Qld) to Port Essington (NT).

Among the party was John Gilbert, official collector for the famous English naturalist and artist John Gould. Gilbert unfortunately perished on the Port Essington expedition, but Leichhardt sent many of his collected specimens back to Gould to be described.


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