Early exploration photo gallery


First at the South Magnetic Pole — left to right: A Forbes Mackay, T W Edgeworth David, D Mawson
Photo: Edgeworth David
Raising the flag at the establishment of Mawson station.
Photo: Richard Thompson
Eastern sledging journey: Possession Rocks, Queen Mary Land, 25 December 1912
Photo: Andrew Watson
Hobart from the Aurora
Photo: Xavier Mertz
The postcard of the Aurora heading down the River Derwent 2 December 1911 with the crated Vickers Air Tractor on the foredeck
Photo: unknown
Black and white shot of four men standing on the bridge of a ship, one pointing.
Photo: Frank Hurley

British, Australian, New Zealand Antarctic Research Expeditions 1929–31

Two men in a small light aircraft
Photo: Frank Hurley
Sir Douglas Mawson in the Commander’s Cabin, Discovery
Photo: Frank Hurley
BANZARE voyage tracks 1929–31
Mawsons BANZARE proclamation
Photo: W Papps
Men peer into buckets and nets at tiny fish and animals hauled in from the sea
Photo: F Hurley
Black and white Australian government document bearing the coat of arms.

Staff and crew of BANZARE

Expeditioner group photograph
Photo: unknown
Two expeditioners standing outside a snow-covered wooden hut
Photo: E Douglas
Mawson’s sovereignty plaque, text reading ‘The British flag was hoisted and British sovereignty asserted on the 5th day of Jan 1931'
Photo: W Blunt
Discovery heading up the Derwent. Signed by members of the British, Australia and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition.
Photo: unknown
Raising one of the foreyards on the foredeck. The shantyman is providing the working rhythm.
Photo: F. Hurley
A vintage photo of two men preparing bird specimens and other scientific samples

Staff and crew of the AAE

The men of the Main Base, looking weathered and cheerful
Frank Hurley wearing furry boots and warm hood smiles at the camera while he sits outside a hut in the sun sewing.
Two men wearing woollen beanies and hunching to keep warm stare at the camera with weathered faces.
Photo: Andrew Watson
Four expeditioners standing on the heavily-leaning deck of the Aurora
Photo: Frederick Gillies
Officers and crew of the Aurora
Photo: Leslie Hingo

Douglas Mawson

Douglas Mawson, circa 1918
Photo: Swaine Studios
Douglas Mawson and Francesca (Paquita) Delprat on their wedding day, 31 March 1914.
Sir Douglas and Lady Mawson at Brighton home in South Australia
Photo: Alan Campbell-Drury
Sir Douglas Mawson in the Commander’s Cabin on the Discovery, 1929.
Photo: Frank Hurley
Sir Douglas Mawson, 1954
Map showing the area covered by the AAE, 1914.
Sir Douglas Mawson in 1914 after receiving his knighthood