Charles Darwin celebrations for 2009

13 May 2008

Darwin is gearing up for a year of festivities in 2009 as the city celebrates its namesake and his legacy.

2009 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the first publication of Origin of the Species. It will also be 170 years since HMS Beagle landed on our coastline and the commander named the port after his friend, the British naturalist who had travelled with him on an earlier expedition.

The NT Government, Charles Darwin University and various organisations and community groups are planning a range of exciting events and activities to commemorate these important dates.

A regional Darwin200 group has been formed to provide an organisational framework and act as a focal point for community support and enquiries. The group includes representatives from the Government, University, Darwin City Council and interested local organisations.

Charles Darwin University is hosting an Asia Pacific portal for the Darwin200 celebrations. Partners from Australia and the Asia Pacific are invited to list their activities on this website, which will be formally launched in July. This coincides with the 150th anniversary of the first public presentation of Darwin’s theories to fellow scientists.

Charles Darwin is renowned for providing scientific evidence that all species of life evolved over time from one or a few common ancestors through the process of natural selection.

For more information on the 2009 Charles Darwin celebrations or the Darwin200 group, contact Anne Coleman on 8999 5355 or Janet Russell on 8946 6044.

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  2. Social and Cultural Development
  3. Environmentally Sustainable Development

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