A re-enactment of the of Darwin’s famous voyage on the HMS Beagle, being undertaken as part of a Dutch television series Beagle, being made for Dutch Public broadcaster VPRO, is scheduled to arrive in Fremantle this weekend.

“The voyage of the HMS Beagle has been described as the most important journey ever made. During his travels, Charles Darwin gathered information and knowledge that would drastically change the way we look at the world. With his book “On the Origin of Species” (1859) Darwin would be the first to explain that life on earth is not created by God, but rather developed by evolution. To celebrate Charles Darwin’s 200th birth year, and the 150th anniversary of his publication of “On the Origin of Species”, VPRO is running a 35-part series called Beagle: On the future of species. The project reconstructs Darwin’s 5-year long voyage on the HMS Beagle in the course of one year, and makes an attempt to assess where the world stands today in light of Darwin’s evolution theory.”

The trip is being done in a modern Clipper, with an ‘on-board TV studio’. The series is being filmed, edited, uploaded back to Holland, and broadcast whilst the voyage is taking place. The visit to Perth will form a whole episode of the 35 part series, which is being broadcast in Holland and Belgium every Sunday evening. The ship is due in Fremantle this Sunday morning 14th March, departing 16th March 2010. Check the official TV series website – http://beagle.vpro.nl/ – for more information.

Useful and interesting links:
Library books, dvds, etc. about the Darwin’s Beagle expedition (library catalogue)
Library books, dvds, etc. about Charles Darwin (library catalogue) 
On the Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin (online e-book)
On the Origin of Species: The Preservation of Favoured Traces – an interesting website that visually tracks the changes through the six editions of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species.

Apparently there will also be some other boat arriving in Fremantle on Sunday morning (5.45am – in Gage Roads, 6.30am – turning in the harbour, 7am – tied up at the Passenger Terminal).
 *Image of Charles Darwin from wikipedia