Mawson Centennial Expedition

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From 18.10.2011 - Status: postponed

Going back to the famous Mawson Hut

Going back to the famous Mawson Hut

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Australia celebrates also the centenary of their conquest of the 6th Continent by Douglas Mawson. This australian explorer planned a new scientific expedition to the Antarctic coast south of Asutralia. That was in 1911.

This is an Australian Geographic Society expedition with Heritage Expeditions.

On this centenary voyage, Heritage Expeditions hopes for weather that will allow for a landing at Mawson’s Hut at Cape Denison and the enjoyment of the beauty of this seldom visited part of Antarctica.

The expedition also plans to land at the French base near the site of explorer Dumont D’Urville’s landing in 1840 and hopefully to visit the nearby large emperor penguin rookery.

One hundred years ago, Douglas Mawson began planning a new scientific expedition to the Antarctic coast south of Australia. On 2 December 1911, Mawson's plans came to fruition and the Australasian Antarctic Expedition left Hobart bound for Macquarie Island and East Antarctica. The 1911-1914 Australasian Antarctic Expedition was the first Australian-led Antarctic expedition.

From 2011, Australia celebrates the centenary of this expedition, and 100 years of Australian Antarctic expeditions. The Mawson-led expedition was important for the science conducted which contributed to the world's understanding of Antarctica, and the global processes of which it is a part. Australia's Antarctic scientists today continue this important research.

To discover all the events related to this celebration, please visit this page.

 

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