On tour in February
Publishing the records of his Australasian-Antarctic Expedition, 1911-14
The Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-14 provided the world with more than a truly heroic tale of survival against the odds. It left the legacy of a vast collection of valuable scientific data and specimens in the areas of geology, cartology, biology, meteorology and geo magnetism.
Publishing the Expedition
In 1920 Sir Douglas Mawson entered into an agreement with the New South Wales State Government to publish these records. The project was not completed until 1947 –28 years after the initial agreement was signed and 33 years after Mawson’s return.
To celebrate this historic milestone of exploration and scientific endeavour we are shining a spotlight on the somewhat heroic efforts of both Sir Douglas Mawson and the committee in charge of the printing of the voluminous scientific reports resulting from this groundbreaking expedition.
Records used in this Gallery
- NRS 3830, Education Subject files, 1879-1984. Antarctic records, 1916-32 [20/12847 (pt)]
- NRS 12169, Premier’s Department: Committee on printing of the records of the Australian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-14: Records of the Secretary, 1917-47 [2/994-995]
- NRS 3842, Education Department: correspondence concerning the publication of the scientific reports of the Australian Antarctic expedition, 1911-14; 1932-54 [2/1957]
- NRS 19745, Government Printing Office: Papers from the committee for the printing of the records of the Australasian-Antarctic Expedition, 1911-14 [Items 1-29]
Seminar: Mawson and Antarctic Exploration
On 12 May 2011 to mark the 100th anniversary of Mawson’s 1911 Australian Antarctic Expedition, we and the Royal Australian Historical Society hosted an all-day seminar on the history of Antarctic exploration. The seminar was presented as part of Information Awareness Month, an annual event held each May, which aims to increase public awareness of the breadth of the information industry. We have published a selection of the papers from that seminar.
- 100 Years of Australian Antarctic Expeditions
- A courageous man of science
- Antarctica and Sir Douglas Mawson
- Australasian Antarctic Expedition
- In the Footsteps of Douglas Mawson
- Mawson Base image gallery
- Mawson’s Huts Foundation – Antarctica’s cultural heritage
- The Long Silence by Jenny Horsfield
Bridget Reilly, Archivist Public Access