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41153
  • Title
    Series 1: Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914 photographs
  • Call number
    ON 144
  • Level of description
    series
  • Date

    1911-1914
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    41153
  • Physical Description
    approximately 2100 negatives - glass, colour, black and white
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    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.
  • Collection history
    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.
  • Scope and Content
    FILE 01
    Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-1914 photographs : panoramic film (ON 144/FP1-FP8).

    FILE 02
    Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-1914 photographs : whole plate format (ON 144/W1-W189).

    FILE 03
    Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-1914 photographs : half plate format (ON 144/H1-H71).

    FILE 04
    Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-1914 photographs : halfplate format (ON 144/H1-H724).

    FILE 05
    Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-1914 photographs : quarter plate format (ON 144/Q1-Q32).

    FILE 06
    Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-1914 photographs : quarter plate format (ON 144/Q1-Q845).

    FILE 07
    Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-1914 photographs : continental size (ON 144/C1-C333).

    FILE 08
    Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-1914 photographs : post card size (ON 144/P1-P274).

    FILE 09
    Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-1914 photographs : half plate, stereoscopic (ON 144/H1-H100).

    FILE 10
    Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-1914 photographs : postcard size, stereoscopic (ON 144/P1-P51).
  • System of arrangement
    System of arrangement is based on the original lists when the material was received by the Library in 1959-1960. These are arranged by format and colour.
  • Source
    Presented by the New South Wales Government Printer, 1959-1960 Pic.Acc.466
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright:
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library of New South Wales
  • 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 circa 1914 of glass plate and nitrate negatives taken on the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (see ON 144 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
  • Exhibited in

    Learning Services Program display 2012-2013 - Negative crate, boxes & envelopes, Picture Accession 4668

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