Hannam, Australasian Antarctic Expedition

Scope and Content

  • MS 575/10;MJ Journal, 11 November 1911 to 14 March 1913 [Entries for 1913 written at the beginning of 1911 diary] microfilm

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, Ninnes 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.



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Related Material

For additional collections relating to the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914 (leader Douglas Mawson) see the following SPRI collections, GB 015 Walter Atack, GB 015 John King Davis, GB 015 Charles T Harrisson, GB 015 James Francis Hurley, GB 015 Douglas Mawson, GB 015 Thomas Griffith Taylor, GB 015 Eric Norman Webb and GB 015 John Robert Francis Wild.

Material is also held at the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Australia

Additional Information

MS 575/10;MJ Originals in Mitchell Library, part of State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 1960 (Uncat. Mss.set 384) (1982)

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