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Blog post from Friday, 14 March, 2014

On March 14, 1836, Charles Darwin left Australia in the HMS Beagle after spending two months in the colony. During his visit, he had visited Hobart, Sydney, crossed the Blue Mountains and travelled as far as Bathurst.

Conrad Martens, who had travelled earlier with Darwin on the HMS Beagle had become a very successful artist in Sydney. He completed a number of artworks of the voyage, many are held by the State Library of New South Wales, including this drawing of the Beagle - from

Sketchbook of studies of ships and scenes in Chile and New Zealand, ca. 1834-1836 / drawn by Conrad Martens

The State Library of New South Wales in 2009 held a special exhibition called Charles Darwin Down Under 1836.. The Exhibition Guide contains details of Darwin’s observations and travels in Australia.