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  • Title
    Series 01: Photographs of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-14
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  • Physical Description
    Photographs - ca. 2,100 images copied from glass and nitrate negatives

    In 1911 a group of scientists and adventurers left Hobart under the leadership of Dr Douglas Mawson. They were bound for Macquarie Island and the then unknown parts of Antarctica. The scientists of the expedition produced information that later made an major contribution to knowledge of the region. The exploration of new lands established precedence to claims, formalised in 1936 as the Australian Antarctic Territory.
  • Source
    Presented 1959-1960 Pic.Acc.4668 In 1920 an agreement was reached with Sir Douglas Mawson and the Premier of New South Wales, the Hon. W.A Holman, to hand over the assets of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, in exchange for the State undertaking to publish the remaining records of the Expedition, certain parts already having been printed. Between 1959 and 1960 the photographic negatives of the Expedition were transferred from the New South Wales Government Printer to the then Public Library of New South Wales. However, some black and white negatives and the colour autochromes taken on the Expedition were not received by the Library. These are located in the Mawson Antarctic Collection in South Australia.
  • General note

    Although James Francis (Frank) Hurley was the official photographer to the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, other members of the expedition also took photographs. Captions are based on the original listing made by Mawson ca.1914 of glass plate and nitrate negatives taken on the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (see ON144 Preliminary Contents Listing), showing they are the product of at least 20 individuals. (Blake, Coombe, Correll, Davis, Gillies, Gray, Hamilton, Hoadley, Hunter, Hurley, Laseron, McGrath, McLean, Mawson, Mertz, Moyes, Primmer, Sandell, Sawyer and Wild.) -- Curator's notes, Mitchell Library, 2002
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