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German (1828-1914)

He was born in 1828 at Höchstädt an der Donau, on the River Danube in Bavaria, Germany.


Beckler studied medicine at the University of Munich. He graduated in 1855 left Hamburg on 30 September 1855 on the Godeffroy Line's Johann Caesar. He arrived at Moreton Bay on 2 February 1856 and then lived variously in Ipswich, Brisbane, Tenterfield and Warwick. An old professor from Munich put him in touch with Mueller and Neumayer. In January 1859, Beckler was working at the Melbourne Hospital.

On the recommendation of a work colleague at the Melbourne Hospital, Dr William Gillbee (a member of the Exploration Committee of the Royal Society of Victoria), he was appointed to the VEE at an Ordinary meeting of the Exploration Committee held on Friday, 13 July 1860, as Scientific Observers' Botanical Observer on a salary of £300 p.a.

On the 18 August 1860, Beckler signed the Memorandum of Agreement at the Royal Society of Victoria.

He resigned at Menindie between the 14th and 21st October 1860 but waited for replacement. After leaving the VEE he appeared at the Commission of Enquiry and then sailed to Germany. He died in on 10 December 1914, in Fischen im Allgaü.

In On 17 June 2012 a plaque was unveiled at Beckler's birthplace, Herzogin Anna Straße 2, Höchstädt an der Donau.

Birth place of Hermann Beckler, born on 09.28.1828.
In the years 1860/61 on the first south to north crossing of Australia,
attended as doctor, and made outstanding contributions to the exploration of the fifth continent.
(Picture by Debbie Blau, Höchstädt an der Donau)

Where Beckler went on the expedition

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Books on Beckler in a Library near you:

Hermann Beckler, Stephen Jeffries, 1993.
A journey to Cooper's Creek
Melbourne: Melbourne University Press at the Miegunyah Press, in association with the State Library of Victoria.
Hermann Beckler, 2000.
Entdeckungen in Australien : Briefe und Aufzeichnungen eines Deutschen 1855-1862
Stuttgart: Thorbecke.
Series: Fremde Kulturen in alten Berichten, Bd. 9.
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