27 Rare Pictures of the First Australasian Expedition to Antarctica in 1911

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

27 Rare Pictures of the First Australasian Expedition to Antarctica in 1911

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


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


Some of these photographs are preserved by the State Library of New South Wales. Take a look at some of the best of them below:


Cavern carved by the sea water in an ice wall not far from Commonwealth Bay

27 Rare Pictures of the First Australasian Expedition to Antarctica in 1911

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

27 Rare Pictures of the First Australasian Expedition to Antarctica in 1911

A Radiant Turret Lit By The Midsummer Midnight Sun

27 Rare Pictures of the First Australasian Expedition to Antarctica in 1911

F. Bickerton looking out overseas near Commonwealth Bay

27 Rare Pictures of the First Australasian Expedition to Antarctica in 1911

Huskies pulling sledge

27 Rare Pictures of the First Australasian Expedition to Antarctica in 1911

Wreck of the ‘Gratitude,' Macquarie Island, 1911

27 Rare Pictures of the First Australasian Expedition to Antarctica in 1911

Shags defending the nest, Macquarie Island

27 Rare Pictures of the First Australasian Expedition to Antarctica in 1911

Blizzard, the pup in Antarctica

27 Rare Pictures of the First Australasian Expedition to Antarctica in 1911

A group portrait from the expedition

27 Rare Pictures of the First Australasian Expedition to Antarctica in 1911

Bob Bage and J. Hunter at 65 miles south

27 Rare Pictures of the First Australasian Expedition to Antarctica in 1911

Basilisk & Ginger at Main Base

27 Rare Pictures of the First Australasian Expedition to Antarctica in 1911

Xavier Mertz leaving the hut by the trapdoor on the veranda roof

27 Rare Pictures of the First Australasian Expedition to Antarctica in 1911

Skeleton of sea-elephant and Harold Hamilton

27 Rare Pictures of the First Australasian Expedition to Antarctica in 1911

Hand-netting for macro-plankton from Aurora

27 Rare Pictures of the First Australasian Expedition to Antarctica in 1911

Arthur Sawyer and sea elephant pup

27 Rare Pictures of the First Australasian Expedition to Antarctica in 1911

Australasian Antarctic Expedition members in the kitchen

27 Rare Pictures of the First Australasian Expedition to Antarctica in 1911

Mushroom ice formation, 1912

27 Rare Pictures of the First Australasian Expedition to Antarctica in 1911

Sclater penguin

27 Rare Pictures of the First Australasian Expedition to Antarctica in 1911

Female Sea-Elephant, Macquarie Island

27 Rare Pictures of the First Australasian Expedition to Antarctica in 1911

Ice "cased" Adelie penguins after an insane blizzard at Cape Denison

27 Rare Pictures of the First Australasian Expedition to Antarctica in 1911

Winter quarters, Queen Mary Land winter

27 Rare Pictures of the First Australasian Expedition to Antarctica in 1911

Bage at every entrance to the Astronomic Observatory

27 Rare Pictures of the First Australasian Expedition to Antarctica in 1911

In full sledging gear on the plateau

27 Rare Pictures of the First Australasian Expedition to Antarctica in 1911

Unloading supplies at Cape Denison

27 Rare Pictures of the First Australasian Expedition to Antarctica in 1911

A Dreamy Venice In Seal-Land

27 Rare Pictures of the First Australasian Expedition to Antarctica in 1911

Victoria Penguin

27 Rare Pictures of the First Australasian Expedition to Antarctica in 1911

Wild & Watson in sleeping bag tent on sledge journey

27 Rare Pictures of the First Australasian Expedition to Antarctica in 1911

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