Rare And Amazing Photographs From The First Australasian Antarctic Expedition Between 1911-14

In 1911 a group of scientists and adventurers left Hobart under the leadership of Dr Douglas Mawson. They were bound for Macquarie Island and the then unknown parts of Antarctica.

The scientists of the expedition produced information that later made an major contribution to knowledge of the region. The exploration of new lands established precedence to claims, formalised in 1936 as the Australian Antarctic Territory. Although James Francis (Frank) Hurley was the official photographer to the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, other members of the expedition also took photographs.

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Cavern carved by the sea in an ice wall near Commonwealth Bay, circa 1912

first australasian antarctic expedition between 1911 1914

F. Bickerton looking out over seas near Commonwealth Bay, circa 1912

first australasian antarctic expedition between 1911 1914

Wreck of the ‘Gratitude’, Macquarie Island, 1911

first australasian antarctic expedition between 1911 1914

Mushroom ice formation, 1912

first australasian antarctic expedition between 1911 1914

A radiant turret lit by the midsummer midnight sun, circa 1912

first australasian antarctic expedition between 1911 1914

Huskies pulling sledge, circa 1912

first australasian antarctic expedition between 1911 1914

Hamilton hand-netting for macro-plankton from Aurora, circa 1912

first australasian antarctic expedition between 1911 1914

Arthur Sawyer and sea elephant pup, circa 1912

first australasian antarctic expedition between 1911 1914

Skeleton of sea-elephant and Harold Hamilton, circa 1912

first australasian antarctic expedition between 1911 1914

Australian Antarctic Expedition members in the kitchen, circa 1912

first australasian antarctic expedition between 1911 1914

Wild and Watson in sleeping bag tent on sledge journey, circa 1912

first australasian antarctic expedition between 1911 1914

Blizzard, the pup in Antarctica, circa 1912

first australasian antarctic expedition between 1911 1914

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