Rare Photos of the First Australasian Expedition to Antarctica in 1911 Have Been Discovered


A group of Australian scientists and adventurers set sail in 1911 under the leadership of Dr. Douglas Mawson, bound on a three-year journey exploring Antarctica and Macquarie Island.

James Francis (Frank) Hurley was the official photographer to the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, though other members of the expedition also took photographs.

Some of these photos are preserved by the State Library of New South Wales and we have reproduced some of our favorite ones below…

  1. Cavern carved by the sea in an ice wall near Commonwealth Bay

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  2. Left: Mawson rests at the side of sledge, outward bound on first sledge journey in Adelie Land | Right: Ice mask, C.T. Madigan

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  3. A Radiant Turret Lit By The Midsummer Midnight Sun

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  4. F. Bickerton looking out over seas near Commonwealth Bay

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  5. Huskies pulling sledge

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  6. Wreck of the ‘Gratitude', Macquarie Island, 1911

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  7. Shags defending nest, Macquarie Island

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  8. Blizzard, the pup in Antarctica

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  9. A group portrait from the expedition

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  10. Bob Bage and J. Hunter at 65 miles south

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