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

Rare And Amazing Photographs From The First Australasian Antarctic Expedition Between 1911-14
Cavern carved by the sea in an ice wall near Commonwealth Bay, circa 1912

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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Rare And Amazing Photographs From The First Australasian Antarctic Expedition Between 1911-14
F. Bickerton looking out over seas near Commonwealth Bay, circa 1912

Rare And Amazing Photographs From The First Australasian Antarctic Expedition Between 1911-14
Wreck of the ‘Gratitude’, Macquarie Island, 1911

Rare And Amazing Photographs From The First Australasian Antarctic Expedition Between 1911-14
Mushroom ice formation, 1912

Rare And Amazing Photographs From The First Australasian Antarctic Expedition Between 1911-14
A radiant turret lit by the midsummer midnight sun, circa 1912

Rare And Amazing Photographs From The First Australasian Antarctic Expedition Between 1911-14
Huskies pulling sledge, circa 1912

Rare And Amazing Photographs From The First Australasian Antarctic Expedition Between 1911-14
Hamilton hand-netting for macro-plankton from Aurora, circa 1912

Rare And Amazing Photographs From The First Australasian Antarctic Expedition Between 1911-14
Arthur Sawyer and sea elephant pup, circa 1912

Rare And Amazing Photographs From The First Australasian Antarctic Expedition Between 1911-14
Skeleton of sea-elephant and Harold Hamilton, circa 1912

Rare And Amazing Photographs From The First Australasian Antarctic Expedition Between 1911-14
Australian Antarctic Expedition members in the kitchen, circa 1912

Rare And Amazing Photographs From The First Australasian Antarctic Expedition Between 1911-14
Wild and Watson in sleeping bag tent on sledge journey, circa 1912

Rare And Amazing Photographs From The First Australasian Antarctic Expedition Between 1911-14
Blizzard, the pup in Antarctica, circa 1912

Rare And Amazing Photographs From The First Australasian Antarctic Expedition Between 1911-14
Ice cased Adelie penguins after a blizzard at Cape Denison, circa 1912

Rare And Amazing Photographs From The First Australasian Antarctic Expedition Between 1911-14
Frozen Adelie, Antarctica, circa 1912

Rare And Amazing Photographs From The First Australasian Antarctic Expedition Between 1911-14
Shags defending nest, Macquarie Island, circa 1912

Rare And Amazing Photographs From The First Australasian Antarctic Expedition Between 1911-14
Basilisk and Ginger at Main Base, circa 1912

Rare And Amazing Photographs From The First Australasian Antarctic Expedition Between 1911-14
Ice mask, C.T. Madigan, circa 1912

Rare And Amazing Photographs From The First Australasian Antarctic Expedition Between 1911-14
Young sea-elephants on the beach, Macquarie Ilsand, Antarctica, 1911-1914

Rare And Amazing Photographs From The First Australasian Antarctic Expedition Between 1911-14
Female sea-elephant, Macquarie island, Antarctica, 1911-1914

Rare And Amazing Photographs From The First Australasian Antarctic Expedition Between 1911-14
King penguins, Antarctica, 1911-1914

Rare And Amazing Photographs From The First Australasian Antarctic Expedition Between 1911-14
Victoria penguin, Antarctica, 1911-1914

Rare And Amazing Photographs From The First Australasian Antarctic Expedition Between 1911-14
Weddell seal, Shackleton Ice Shelf, Antarctica, 1911-1914

Rare And Amazing Photographs From The First Australasian Antarctic Expedition Between 1911-14
Winter quarters, Queen Mary Land winter, 1911-1914

Rare And Amazing Photographs From The First Australasian Antarctic Expedition Between 1911-14
A dreamy Venice in seal-land, 1911-1914

Rare And Amazing Photographs From The First Australasian Antarctic Expedition Between 1911-14
Sclater penguin, 1911-1912

Rare And Amazing Photographs From The First Australasian Antarctic Expedition Between 1911-14
In full sledging gear on the plateau, 1911-1914

Rare And Amazing Photographs From The First Australasian Antarctic Expedition Between 1911-14
Photograph from the Expedition [group portrait], 1911-1914

Rare And Amazing Photographs From The First Australasian Antarctic Expedition Between 1911-14
The Aurora seen from within a cavern of the Mertz Glacier Tongue, Commonwealth Bay, Dec. 1913

Rare And Amazing Photographs From The First Australasian Antarctic Expedition Between 1911-14
Cape Denison during a blizzard, crampons had to be worn on boots and ice-axes used, even so progress was very difficult and could be perilous

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