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 the 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 the Australian Antarctic Territory.
Here are some pictures of James Francis (Frank) Hurley, the officialphotographer to the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, and Other member.

 

The Antarctic view from the early twentieth century - Photos

Huskies pulling sledge / Format: Silver gelatin photoprint

The Antarctic view from the early twentieth century - Photos

Harold Hamilton with skeleton of sea-elephant / Format: Silver gelatin photonegative

The Antarctic view from the early twentieth century - Photos

Ice cased Adelie penguins after a blizzard at Cape Denison / Photograph by Frank Hurley / Format: Glass negative

The Antarctic view from the early twentieth century - Photos

Wreck of the 'Gratitude', Macquarie Island, 1911 / Format: Silver gelatin photoprint

The Antarctic view from the early twentieth century - Photos

King penguins, Antarctica, 1911-1914 / Photograph by Frank Hurley

The Antarctic view from the early twentieth century - Photos

Arthur Sawyer with sea elephant pup / Format: Silver gelatin photonegative

The Antarctic view from the early twentieth century - Photos

Ice mask, C.T. Madigan, between 1911-1914 / Photograph by Frank Hurley / Format: Glass negative

 

The Antarctic view from the early twentieth century - Photos

Blizzard, the pup in Antarctica / Photograph by Frank Hurley /Format: Silver gelatin negative

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