23 – Mawson: Antarctic Exploration Pt 3

After returning from Shackleton’s Nimrod Expedition and rejecting any idea of returning to Antarctica, the trauma of his polar trekking faded and Douglas Mawson began to consider all the exploration & discovery that still lay waiting there.  He set about planning the “Australasian Antarctic Expedition”, to undertake an ambitious scientific & survey program for Australia & the Empire.  This time though, the harsh elements would extract a greater cost for giving up it’s secrets.

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Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum – Hobart
Greeting the natives. (Image: Hurley)
Regional map of the area covered by the Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911–14. Published by the Royal Geographical Society 1914, courtesy Australian Antarctic Division

Traditional dip in the Antarctic waters!
Mertz leaving hut (SLNSW)
Ninnis Mertz memorial cross Antarctica (Australian Antarctic Division)
Mawsons Hut Cape Denison (Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum)
Antarctica image showing rock land surfaces (Wiki)
Mawson Mertz AAE (SLNSW)
Unloading supplies at Cape Denison AAE 1911 (SLNSW)

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Cape Denison Historic Site: https://data.aad.gov.au/database/mapcat/cdenison/Cape_Denison_Historic_Site_1990_400dpi_156.pdf

Mawson, D. (1988). The Home of the Blizzard: A true story of Antarctic survival  Retrieved from http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/6137

Jacka, F., & Jacka, E. (1988). Mawson’s Antarctic diaries. Sydney: Allen & Unwin.

MidWinter madness: Australian Antarctic expeditioners plunge into icy pool. http://www.antarctica.gov.au/news/2018/midwinter-madness-antarctic-expeditioners-plunge-into-icy-pool Australian Antarctic Division. (2018).

Walking the line: Blizz lines https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5XXF6U6vDQ AusAntarctic Terret, J. (2019).

Regional Map Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-14. http://www.antarctica.gov.au/__data/assets/image/0003/37236/varieties/antarctic.jpg Royal Geographical Society, L., 1914: Map courtesy Australian Antarctic Division (Cartographer).

Map of Antarctica showing Land vs Ice.   Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Atlas_of_Antarctica#/media/File:AntarcticBedrock.jpg

Cleland, J., & Southcott, R. (1969). Hypervitaminosis a in the Antarctic in the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911‐1914: A possible explanation of the illnesses of Mertz and Mawson. Medical Journal of Australia, 1(26), 1337-1392.

Ayres, P. (1999). Mawson: a life. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.

FitzSimons, P. (2011). Mawson and the ice men of the heroic age : Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen. North Sydney, N.S.W.: William Heinemann.

Australian Dictionary of Biography. (1986). Mawson, Sir Douglas (1882-1958)   http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/mawson-sir-douglas-7531

Robert Falcon Scott (Wikipedia).   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Falcon_Scott

Xavier Mertx (Wikipedia). (2019).   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xavier_Mertz