Traversing Antarctica

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Mawson Antarctic Expedition: Steam Yacht Aurora, photographed on the edge of the ice shelf off Queen Mary Land – with a group of penguins in the foreground. Lantern slide attributed to Frank Hurley. NAA: M584, 2. National Archives collection

Traversing Antarctica

The Australian Experience

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Showing how Australia’s connection with the frozen continent has developed for over 100 years since the 1911–14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition led by Douglas Mawson. 

Documentary materials from the National Archives, a rare collection of original equipment, diaries from early expeditions and inspiring imagery reveal this fascinating history.

The exhibition is a joint project by the National Archives of Australia, the Australian Antarctic Division and the Western Australian Museum.