National Maritime Museum Sydney – exhibition – free entry

Charles Darwin – voyages and ideas that shook the world

Start Date: 20 March 2009

End Date: 23 August 2009

Location: Gallery One

“In the 200th anniversary year of Charles Darwin’s birth and 150 years after the publication of his famous evolutionary theory On the Origin of Species join Charles Darwin aboard HMS Beagle on the voyage of a lifetime. Explore the world of Darwin and his colleagues and see how their work continues on new scientific frontiers.” and


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Some NSW State Library Darwin events

State Library NSW

Charles Darwin Down Under, 1836

“Discover the little-known Australian adventures of the young Charles Darwin through a rich collection of original artworks, items and diaries. Darwin visited Australia on the homeward leg of his five-year voyage on HMS Beagle. This exhibition reveals the naturalist’s travels in Australia from Sydney Cove to Hobart and on to Albany, exposing his fascination with our landscape, people and extraordinary animals. Celebrating 150 years since the publication of Darwin’s controversial On the origin of species by means of natural selection.”

Open: 4 April 2009 – 26 July 2009
Picture Gallery
State Library opening hours
Admission: Free

More info (    *  Exhibition home     * Guide (PDF 1MB)     * Exhibition flyer     * Further reading) at:


Charles Darwin through his letters
Paul Brunton Charles Darwin

Type:     Talk
Date:     Tuesday 21 April 2009
Time:     12.30 PM to 1.30 PM
Venue:     Metcalfe Auditorium, Macquarie Street wing
Cost:    $15 (Friends), $20 (Seniors), $22

Bookings at State Library website



Charles Darwin in Australia
Charles Darwin book

“Early in 1836 Charles Darwin spent two months in Australia. Professor Frank Nicholas and Jan Nicholas, who wrote the book Charles Darwin in Australia, will draw on the State Library’s rich collection of paintings and manuscripts to tell the story of Darwin’s visit.”

Type:    Talk
Date:     Tuesday 5 May 2009
Time:     5.30 PM for 6.00 PM
Venue:     Dixson Room, Mitchell wing
Cost:     $15 (Friends), $20 (seniors), $22, includes light refreshments

Online bookings and payment see State library website


See also ABC TV Stateline 3 April 2009

In Darwin’s Steps

Broadcast: 03/04/2009

Reporter: Geoff Sims

QUENTIN DEMPSTER, PRESENTER: Everyone’s getting in on Darwin – not the city, but the man after whom it was named. If you weren’t already aware, it’s the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s seminal work ‘On the Origin of the Species by Means of Natural Selection’. Darwin’s trip on the ship ‘The Beagle’ has been seized on around the world, and in particular in the places along the route of his discoveries and conclusions.

Darwin left his mark on Australia, too, of course, calling in as ‘The Beagle’ made its way back to Britain from South America and the all-telling Galapagos Islands.

One exhibition is running at the National Maritime Museum in Sydney and the latest celebration of Australia’s brush with Darwinian fame opens tomorrow at the State Library. Geoff Sims has been watching the exhibitions evolving.

Full transcript