This little book therefore enables one to reflect under a 'Sit down tree' as it takes you back and forth from the current day to the mirages and beauty of what Kakadu was like when you could "stand in the shadow of the geese for ten minutes". It takes you back to a time of amazing untouched beauty, and the living space of the then longest lived continuous culture on the planet. It has been described as an amazing handbook should you ever want to walk in the Dreamtime of Kakadu - a remote National Park in the Northern Territory Australia.
The book bravely asks many questions such as what was 'first contact like'? In asking its questions however many others appear from Australia's intrinsic Silent War and as such we see an unravelling of Australian Colonial History and a terrible conspiracy emerge of its own volition.
The book also asks "What happened to Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt"? On its cover it raises further questions, was it the desert, the natives, or a social geography far more sinister?
The author believes that Leichhardt may have been assassinated by a colonial government trying to hide the butchery of its massacres and the Silent War from a British Parliament and the ethos of Humanitarianism of the time - this led by another German, Prince Albert consort and husband to Queen Victoria.
The author reflects on the hypothetical - what if Leichhardt had survived his fatal third expedition? Is it possible that on return to London and publishing he would have refuted the veracity of 'Terra Nullius' and identified the political 'theft' of Australia. Would this have changed the constitution of Australia enabling its first peoples to have had a treaty instead of subjugation into a 'non existence' - a breach of the political contract still suffered in the social dysfunction evident in Australia to this day!
This book is about adventure, and about history, about a time when science was young, a time of Rousseau, Voltaire, Darwin, and Humboldt. A time when a 70,000 year dreaming was about to change in an instant.
On the 12th of July 1844 Leichhardt wrote:
"It is quite likely that I shall stay in this colony for good - I may even leave my bones ti lie whitening on the plains far inland..."