The Antarctic view from the early twentieth century – Photos
In the summer of 1911, a group of Australian scientists, adventurers and explorers set out to make history by undertaking theÂ first Australian expedition to Antarctica, a three-year journey into the frozen unknown. Under the leadership of Dr. Douglas Mawson, they set sail for Macquarie Island and the virgin parts of Antarctica. Today, we look at what they encountered and recorded on the way not merely as a rare and fascinating glimpse of long-gone world frozen in time, but also as the source of important information that made a major contribution to how contemporary science understands the region and laid the groundwork for claims that in 1936 were formalized as theÂ Australian Antarctic Territory.
Here are some pictures of James Francis (Frank) Hurley, the officialphotographer to the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, and Other member.