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Charles Darwin Visit Australia

Darwin's Visit to Australia

Darwin's Visit to Australia

carrying Charles Darwin, entered Port Jackson, dropping anchor at Sydney Cove. For the next two weeks, he enjoyed visiting a city of 23 000 which was overtaking London and Birmingham in speed of growth. It had seemed to Darwin, that much more had been achieved in this little place, in a “score of years”, than had been in South America over the same number of centuries.

On 26th January, Darwin visited a friend – a fellow voyager – the midshipman Philip Gidley King. Philip was from a wealthy and influential family, who lived near Penrith, in Dunheved (30 miles West of Sydney). Whilst here, Darwin was treated to a tour of Captain Philip Parker King’s estate, as well as discussing naturalism and the ins and outs of the colony. The following day, he lunched with the Hannibal Macarthurs (the Kings’ realtives by marriage) at their extravagant property overlooking the Parramatta River. Both of these families held strong anti-emancipist views about the ex-convicts. It was these influences that contributed to Darwin losing his initial starry eyed romantic outlook on Australia, and becoming much more conservative in his attitudes alongside those beliefs and opinions of Sydney’s elite free-settlers. entertained thoughts of migrating there in search of gold.

Darwin’s primary goal in Sydney had been to document the impacts of a unique convict-based British society. His aristocratic sensibilities were bombarded at every turn – these ex-convicts had somehow managed to climb the social ladder. They enjoyed the luxuries of life, the gilded carriages and the beautiful big houses. Money was the driving factor behind all of their motives – they were obsessed with it. Darwin felt that, bookshops, fine music and other factors that made one civilized, were dispensed with. He felt that in future generations, this lack of moral fibre would continue to rub off.

Some soldiers at a nearby garrison endowed Darwin with some definitions of society.

  • a ‘squatter’ was a freed convict who’d turned farmer, built a bark hut, and become rich in stolen goods and illegal spirits.
  • A “crawler” was an assigned convict who’d run away to live by petty theft
  • A “bushranger’ was an open villain who subsists by highway robbery

Hobart

The next stop on the trip was Hobart. Fortunately for Darwin there were more traditional English aristocrats here, and less of the new convict-turned aristocrat. A highlight of this stop, was dining with the naturalist George Frankland. Overall, Darwin thought that Australia was handicapped by such a harsh climate and a less than ideal social foundation, and that this would probably prevent it from developing into a second America.

Whilst Darwin was less than taken with the convict proportion of Australia’s population, he was pleasantly surprised by his interactions with Aboriginals. On 16th January Darwin embarked on a trip to the Blue Mountains. On his way, the entourage ran across the path of a group of young Aboriginal men. He felt that with their “good humoured and pleasant countenances”...




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Can you answer Charles Darwin Trivia Quiz?

Do you know the answer to any of these questions?????
1) Charles’s Wife, Emma, was a keen and accomplished pianist. From whom did she once receive piano lessons?
A) Fryderyk Chopin
B) Hector Berlioz
C) Franz Liszt

2) When Charles and Emma were first married, they lived in a house in Gower Street, London (now the site of a UCL biology building). What was their nickname for the house?
A) Maer Mansions
B) Macaw Cottage
C) The Boxrooms

3) Which of the following people was NOT left handed?
A) Erasmus Darwin (Charles's…

1. A (from Chopin in Paris)
B - Finches
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5. C - The Princess and the Goblin
A - Walter Crick
"Crick replied with not only the answers, but also the beetle and the shell. Both arrived alive, so Darwin put the "wretched" insect in a bottle with chopped ..."
10. B - Australia
"Charles Darwin: The Voyage of the Beagle: Chapter XIX: Australia. ... and he who thinks with me will never wish to walk again in so uninviting a country"
15. Joseph Parslow
" Darwin's family home. Down House…

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Why did people dislike the Charles Darwin theory?

Were humans disgusted to know that they came from monkeys. Did humans have a superiority complex that prevented from accepting Darwin's theory?
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When you disturb someone's world view when they are certain that their race or group is superior in some way to every other, you have the recipe for rebellion. Then you have the dummy who asks why monkeys aren't turning into people now when if you read the book, you see that it happened over a geological timespan, which os a little hard to observe, and only in cases where isolation occurred requiring speciation and preventing interbreeding.

Finally, some people just will not believe that humans were caused, not created, because they have a book written three or four…

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