Scientific voyages in the Antipodes: Thomas Huxley, John McGillivray and the Darwinian Revolution

People Involved

Professor Iain McCalman

Project overview

This project examines the scientific British survey expeditions to Australasia during the nineteenth century. The research focuses on the importance of Australasia in the formation of Darwinism, one of the key scientific and social theories of modern western culture. Environmental change and scientific and cultural heritage in our region will be traced back to these early scientific voyagers.

Project Details


Australian Research Council Discovery Grant 2007-2009

Selected Publications

Darwin's Armada: How Four Voyagers to Australasia Fought and Won the Battle over the Theory of Evolution to be published by Penguin, Australia in 2009