British Australian New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of press cuttings relating to the expedition

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Australian New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition, 1929-1931 (leader Sir Douglas Mawson ) sailing in Discovery Captain John King Davis the expedition spent two seasons in the Antarctic. Made collections on Iles Crozet, Iles Kerguelen and Heard Island. The expedition charted and surveyed the coast and islands from Discovery and a plane. A visit to Kemp Land and Enderby Land proved them to be connected. They met the Norwegian (Christensen) Antarctic Expedition, 1929-1930 (leader Hjalmar Riiser-Larsen) on 14 January 1930, near Cape Ann where 45 degrees E was agreed as a boundary between British and Norwegian activities. The territories claimed for Britain during this expedition became the Australian Antarctic Territories.


The collection is arranged chronologically

Access Information

By appointment.

Some materials deposited at the Institute are NOT owned by the Institute. In such cases the archivist will advise about any requirements imposed by the owner. These may include seeking permission to read, extended closure, or other specific conditions.


Anyone wishing to consult material should ensure they note the entire MS reference and the name of the originator.

The term holograph is used when the item is wholly in the handwriting of the author. The term autograph is used when the author has signed the item.

Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events by Robert Keith Headland (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN 0521309034

Other Finding Aids

Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue, Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.

Additional finding aids are available at the Institute.

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Further accessions possible

Related Material

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.