A letter by a 19th century navigator has been discovered by a Brisbane librarian more than a hundred 70 years after being written. In the 18-40s, Ludwig Leich-hardt traveled across Australia, but mysteriously vanished in April 1848 never to be heard of again.

The document gives an insight into the German-born explorer's early life before making his name in Australia. In 18-44, Leich-hardt trekked nearly 5-thousand kilometers from south-east Queensland to Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. But he is most famous for his fateful expedition four years later, when he set out to cross the vast country. But the explorer and his small support team vanished with barely a trace. His newly-found letter was written in German in 18-39 and attached to a translation penned in 18-87.

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