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Charles Darwin - The Australian Connection

One of the world’s most creative and influential thinkers, Charles Darwin made his famous voyage aboard the HMS Beagle between 1831 and 1836. His trip included a visit to Australia where he gathered information that helped formulate his theory of evolution by natural selection.

Discover Darwin’s historic voyage and interactively explore:

  • how Darwin confirmed his theory about coral reefs formation
  • how Darwin developed his ideas about the evolution of life
  • how longitude measurement helped safe navigation
  • how Captain FitzRoy learnt about air pressure and weather

Select from the menu above to follow Charles Darwin's voyage and explore the interactive learning activities or click the links below to access additional resources:


Meet the Curators, watch behind-the-scenes Video Clips and download Education Resources from the exhibition, Charles Darwin – voyages and ideas that shook the world at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

View Darwin Exhibition page


Join us on a grand adventure to explore the role the Southern Hemisphere played in shaping Charles Darwin’s theories.

Darwin's Brave New World
TV series