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Tasmania is Remarkable But I Do not Like Sydney Said Darwin

Tasmania is remarkable. But I do not like Sydney society. That was Charles Darwin’s view of Australia according to Emeritus Professor Frank Nicholas speaking on the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth.

Darwin would have celebrated his 200th birthday on Thursday, 12 February. But since he is no longer with us, it will be celebrated by scientists around the world instead, recognising the role that Darwin’s theory of evolution plays in underpinning all of modern biology.

His theory grew out of his five year voyage on HMS Beagle – which took him to Sydney, Hobart, and Albany.

If you’re not living in Sydney, you’re camping out, former Prime Minister, Paul Keating once opined.

Charles Darwin disagreed. He was repelled by the social environment of the Emerald City, Nicholas says.

“On the whole I do not like New South Wales, ” he wrote in his diary.

“It is without doubt an admirable place to accumulate pounds & shillings; but Heaven forfend that ever I should live, where every other man is sure to be somewhere between a petty rogue & bloodthirsty villain.— ”.

Nicholas, a geneticist at the University of Sydney, co-authored Charles Darwin in Australia with his wife Jan. The book has been recently updated and republished for Darwin’s anniversary by Cambridge University Press.

Nicholas is speaking this week at Evolution: The Experience conference at the Melbourne Convention Centre.

“It has now become clear that Darwin left his heart in Hobart Town, ” says Nicholas.

In a letter to his friend John Hooker, on the news that Hooker had been provided financial support by the Tasmanian Government to publish his Flora of Tasmania, Darwin even flirted with the idea of emigrating there: “What capital news from Tasmania: it really is a very remarkable & creditable fact to the Colony: I am always building veritable castles-in-the-air about emigrating, & Tasmania has been my head quarters of late, so that I feel very proud of my adopted country; it is really a very singular & delightful fact, contrasted with the slight appreciation of science in the Old Country.”

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