This week at Mawson

  • A Weddel seal sunbaking on the wharf, close up of its face

    12 February 2016

    A new crew arrive at Mawson and the journey is captured through fresh eyes.

  • The surface of the ice becomes mottled and ridged.

    5 February 2016

    Mawson station receives the winter crew, while an outgoing expeditioner reflects on his time in Antarctica. The Australia Day swim finally takes place and the diverse range of ice around Mawson is showcased in the photo gallery.

  • Male expeditioner lights sparklers on a cake with a blow torch

    29 January 2016

    One expeditioner receives a very special birthday surprise and the station is cleaned for incoming expeditioners.

  • Three adult emperor penguins and their chicks at Auster penguin colony

    22 January 2016

    The summer plumbing team reports on major works and Station Leader John Leben reflects on his time down south.

  • Admiring the icebergs scattered through the sea ice with the two red Honda quads in front.

    15 January 2016

    Plumber Jimmy's birthday warrants a trip to the Massons and we meet the penguin lady, biologist Merel Bedford.

  • Black Ice from left to right James (drums and acoustic), Paul (lead vocals), Merel (vocals), Sam (lead guitar), Kim (bass guitar).

    8 January 2016

    A new band takes over at Mawson, as we introduce 'Black Ice'. Christmas day was a success and works are carried out in communications. An old favourite vehicle, the Pioneer, assists with a drum line recovery mission.

  • Mount Henderson hut with two quad bikes in front.

    18 December 2015

    A trip to Mount Henderson and a run-down of summer plumbing works.

  • An expeditioner takes a selfie using a selfie stick and fish eye lens to show the top of a cliff, land and ice far below

    11 December 2015

    What's on the radio at Mawson station? The slushy, or kitchen assistant, decides and the picks may surprise you. Amateur climbers ascend Rumdoodle as part of training and are treated to spectacular views.

  • Stretcher and patient in the back of the Hägglunds

    4 December 2015 Single page view

    Mawson expeditioners take a field trip to Fang hut and complete search and rescue training.

  • The Aurora Australis breaking through the ice and backing up before trying again - view is from the bow.

    27 November 2015 Single page view

    Fresh faces arrive at Mawson and some have a very special encounter with the emperor penguins at Auster colony.

  • Smoko on the ice with 'Angry' while waiting for the aircraft to arrive. Not sure what Dorothy the Dinosaur is doing sitting on the fuel drums.

    20 November 2015 Single page view

    A new start for Mawson as planes begin to arrive and expeditioners deal with the humble crack.

  • Fibreglass shelter at Ledingham Depot with a Hagglunds beside it and a polar pyramid tent also be erected.

    13 November 2015 Single page view

    Mawson field huts are explored.

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