Ninnis, Australasian Antarctic Expedition

Scope and Content

  • MS 1618;BJ Diaries, 1912-1912, photocopy
  • MS 1655/1;D Report, 11 to 17 September 1912 [Eastern party] photostat

Administrative / Biographical History

The Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914 (leader Douglas Mawson) established three bases, one on Macquarie Island, the others at Cape Denison and the Shackleton Ice Shelf. Sledging parties from the Cape Denison base explored the eastern coast, the southern area towards the Magnetic Pole and the western coastal mountains. A sledging party consisting of Mawson, Ninnis and Mertz explored the icecap to the south beyond Cape Freshfield. (Only Mawson returned). The party on the Shackleton Ice Shelf carried out explorations including the assent of Gaussberg on the Davis Strait. The party on Macquarie Island led by George F Ainsworth established a wireless station and explored the island during their 23 month stay. Aurora searched for the non existent 'Royal Company Island' and visited Auckland Islands



Related Material

See SPRI collection GB 015 Douglas Mawson [MS 1655/2;D Letter to Inspector General Ninnis, 17 March 1914 condolence on death of Belgrave]

The Scott Polar Research Institute holds a number of photographs, film and other illustrative material in the Picture Library, some of which covers this expedition. The catalogue can be searched on line by going to the Picture Library Database and selecting the Enter Polar Pictures link.

Corporate Names