This week at Mawson

  • A small green plant with large round leaves

    18 March 2016

    This week the hydroponics hut was officially opened and planted out with seedlings. Shane, the hydroponics master this year, was rewarded as the first tomato seedling flowered.

  • Six men dressed in orange immersion suits and lifejackets in front of a B3 helicopter

    11 March 2016

    At Mawson this week we had a awe inspiring evening with a pod of orcas and waved goodbye to 66 expeditioners as they headed home on the Japanese ship, Shirase.

  • A group of 75 people standing next to two Hagglunds

    4 March 2016

    Mawson is light on news this week as they are busy with extra expeditioners.

  • two men walking along the base of an ice cliff

    19 February 2016

    Field training conducted on the plateua and as Mawson welcomes the incoming winter crew.

  • 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.

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