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  • Title
    Australasian Antarctic Expedition - Records, 1 Dec. 1910 - 1 Dec. 1915, together with related and miscellaneous papers, 1874-1934, and including manuscripts of the published scientific reports with related papers, 1911-1947
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    MLMSS 171
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  • Issue Copy
    Photocopy : Draft GUIDE (76pp.) to the complete collection at MLMSS 171/2-117, and including an INDEX to Correspondents (22pp.) for the following 17 volumes: MLMSS 171/2-9, 11X, 14-18, 20, 64 and 66.
    Photocopy : INDEX (5pp.) to selected correspondents in the Capt. John King Davis volumes at MLMSS 171/23X-24 (microfilms CY 4771-4772).
    Microfilm : Correspondence & papers, Dec. 1910 - Nov. 1912).
    Microfilm : Correspondence & papers, May 1911 - Jan. 1914, with related papers, 1902-1907).
    Microfilm : Correspondence & papers, June 1911 - Jan. 1914).
    Microfilm : 'Sundry Papers', 1911-1914).
    Microfilm : Capt. John King Davis papers, 1908-1913: A - K).
    Microfilm : Capt. John King Davis papers, 1908-1913: L - Z).
    Microfilm : Logbook, Dec. 1911 - Feb. 1917, kept by Capt. John King Davis on board the S.Y. Aurora).
    Microfilm : Messages transmitted from Macquarie Island Station, 1912-1913, and from Main Base, Antarctica, Feb.- Nov. 1913).
  • Physical Description
    117 containers comprising - 71 volumes, 22 boxes, 12 folders, 12 portfolios - 6 Meters :
    Textual Records
    Textual Records - (printed)

    The Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914, was organised and led by Sir Douglas Mawson. The Expedition party left Hobart in the S.Y. 'Aurora', captained by John King Davis, on Dec. 1911. After establishing a base at Macquarie Island, they arrived in Adelie Land at the main base, which they named Cape Denison, on 8 Jan. 1912. Eighteen men, including Mawson, remained at the main base and the 'Aurora' proceeded in a westerly direction to find a suitable location for the western base. Eight men were landed on the Shackleton Ice Shelf under the command of Frank Wild. The 'Aurora' returned to Hobart.

    A sledging party, consisting of Mawson, Ninnis and Mertz, met with tragedy when, on 14 Dec. 1912, Ninnis perished down a crevasse, together with a sledge carrying most of the provisions, when the party was still 300 miles from base. Mertz became ill and died on the return journey. The weakened Mawson reached the main base on 8 Feb. 1913, only hours after most of the men had left on board the 'Aurora'. Five men had stayed to await the return of the missing sledging party. The ship went on to relieve the western base, but on its return it was unable to reach the main base due to bad weather. Mawson and his companions were forced to spend another winter in Antarctica. The 'Aurora' returned in Dec. 1913, and they reached Port Adelaide, South Australia, on 26 Feb. 1914.
  • Scope and Content
    This extensive collection includes correspondence, logbooks, meteorological records, maps, radio messages, and manuscripts of scientific reports.

    Maps within this collection are catalogued separately at M ser 4 000/1 MLMSS 171.
  • Source
    Presented by the Committee on Printing of Records of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, Government Printing Office, Sydney, 1923-1947
  • General note

    A Guide and Index to selected correspondents, compiled in the Mitchell Library, is available at MLMSS 171/1. A more detailed guide (622pp.) to volumes 2-18 (mainly Australian & London Office correspondence & papers, 1910-1914), compiled by Dianne Myers, 1996, is available in the Mitchell Library Reading Room.

    Some parts of this collection are available on microfilm.

    You may navigate to the pictorial component of this collection from the record title: Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914 : pictorial material
    Digital order no:Album ID : 823875
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