Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions

Scope and Content

The collection comprises primarily of track charts compiled during voyages of the ships Kista Dan, Thala Dan and Megga Dan.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Australian government established the Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions in 1947, at first two bases were set up on Antarctic islands Macquarie and Heard. Later Davis Station was established on Princess Elizabeth Island and Mawson base on the Antarctic mainland. Scientific research was carried out with the bases being relieved by a succession of ships including Wyatt Earp, Kista Dan, Thala Dan and Megga Dan.

For a fuller history of the ANARE see The Silence Calling, Australian Antarctica, 1947-1997 by Tim Bowden, Allen & Unwin press, 1997. Available at the Institute Library, (7)91(091).


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 ANARE, Australia's Antarctic Outposts by Philip Law and John Bchervaise, Oxford University Press, 1957 and The Silence Calling, Australian Antarctica, 1947-1997 by Tim Bowden, Allen & Unwin press, 1997. SPRI Library, (7)91(091) and Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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.

Conditions Governing Use

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Further accessions possible.