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Franklin in Tasmania

Sir John Franklin and his ill-fated 1845 expedition to discover the North West Passage has become an enigmatic part of Canadian national identity. Many have sought to unravel the mystery of what really happened to Sir John Franklin and his crew.

Nearly 170 years after they set out, and after six major searches led by Parks Canada, one of Franklin’s ships, the HMS Erebus was discovered.

Locating and identifying this ship goes a long way to solving one of Canada’s greatest historical mysteries.

The Franklin Discovery Lectures presented by the High Commission of Canada in Hobart, Canberra and Sydney in February opened a fascinating historical window into 19th century Arctic exploration and highlighted the critical role played by Lady Franklin in the initial search for her husband.

We’d like to thank our fantastic speakers Dr Erika Behrisch Elce of the Royal Military College of Canada, Canadian Coast Guard Captain Bill Noon, and Hobart’s own Dr Alison Alexander for their insights and for successfully infecting their audiences with “Franklin Fever”!

Missed out on hearing the Franklin Discovery Lecture in Hobart, Canberra or Sydney last week? Not to worry, you can watch the lectures anytime online at these links:


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Canada Down Under is an on-line portfolio of Canadian-Australian stories produced by the Consulate General of Canada in Sydney and other contributors.

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