Take your place in Antarctic History

Hobart farewells expeditioners 1911

Video transcript

Voice-over: “For weeks previous to our departure the good ship Aurora was berthed in Hobart, taking on stores and equipment which were to last for two years.

The 2nd of December 1911 and we were ready to depart. The adventurers were aboard. Dr Mawson and Captain Davis were on the bridge and a great crowd had gathered to see us off.

So we got down the Derwent feeling as if we were aboard a fairy ship bound for a realm of wonderment, enchantment and mystery.”

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Antarctic expeditioners
Antarctic expeditioners (Photo: Todor Iolovski)
Photograph of three men with partial ice masksUsing flying fox to get stores from the AuroraWinter expeditioners at Law Dome, AntarcticaSummer expeditioner Steve MacDonald at work at Casey stationWinter expeditioners at Law Dome, Antarctica

Follow in the footsteps of great Antarctic explorer Sir Douglas Mawson 100 years after he led the first Australian Antarctic team.

The Australian Antarctic Division is looking for more than 100 people to work at Casey, Davis, Mawson and Macquarie Island stations in the 2011/12 season.

Next year will mark the centenary of the pioneering 1911-1914 Australasian Antarctic Expedition, led by Sir Douglas Mawson.

The Division’s Operations Manager, Robb Clifton, said it will be an exciting time to be involved in Australia’s Antarctic program.

“Those who do go south next season will be joining Australia’s long and proud history in the Antarctic region,” Mr Clifton said.

“While the conditions now are considerably more comfortable than in the heroic era – they won’t have to wear seal skin boots and eat penguins to stay alive – they will get to experience the same unspoilt wilderness and camaraderie of the Mawson expedition and take their place in history.”

The Australian Antarctic Division has vacancies for station leaders, doctors, mechanics, chefs, communications technicians, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, engineers, plant operators, aviation support personnel and field training officers.

“Whether the position is for a six month stint over summer or a longer period of up to 18 months over winter, it really is a unique and exciting experience to live and work in Antarctica,” Mr Clifton said.

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