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Notes: First Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914

 

Frank Hurley visited the Antarctic six times between 1911 and 1932. For more information and pictures, visit Discover Collections: Hurley's Antarctica on the State Library of NSW's website: www.sl.nsw.gov.au/discover_collections/natural_world/anta...

 

From the collections of the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales www.sl.nsw.gov.au

 

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Adelies at Commonwealth Bay - 2007. It is amazing how they find their way around both on land and at sea. A bit like a white maze!

Format: Silver gelatin photoprint

 

Notes: First Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914

 

Frank Hurley visited the Antarctic six times between 1911 and 1932. For more information and pictures, visit Discover Collections: Hurley's Antarctica on the State Library of NSW's website: www.sl.nsw.gov.au/discover_collections/natural_world/anta...

 

From the collections of the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales www.sl.nsw.gov.au

 

Information about photographic collections of the State Library of New South Wales acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/SimpleSearch.aspx

 

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Adélie Penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae), Commonwealth Bay, Australian Antarctic Territory, Antarctica.

A bit of the roof and outside wall near the entrance to the huts

Adélie Penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae), Commonwealth Bay, Australian Antarctic Territory, Antarctica.

Adélie Penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae), Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica.

Commonwealth Bay - December 2007. Turquoise and white pack ice.

Adelie Penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae) in Commonwealth Bay, Australian Antarctic Territory, Antarctica.

Adélie Penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae), Commonwealth Bay, Australian Antarctic Territory, Antarctica.

Adélie Penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae), Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica.

Bergy bit from a few yards away. The turquoise effect or light powder blue effect is due to micro-organisms necessary for the well being of the Antarctic seas. As with icebergs the larger proportion is under water. December 2007. It seemed tempting to reach out and touch the water but if a fall occurs one could be pulled out but not survive due to hyperthermia. One person actually stood up which meant risk taking for all. It was not a picnic in the local park!

Mawsons Huts - AAE (Australian Antarctic Expedition 1911-1914) at Boat Harbour - Cape Denison - Commonwealth Bay (Adelie Land) - Antarctic. December 2007.

I think that the brighter wood on the roof indicates that the original battered and weather-worn wood has been replaced. Now the policy seems to be conserve what is there if possible rather than replace. Inside the Huts it is quite messy with the wind, ice and snow having played havoc over the years. Of course this being the part of the planet where winds are the strongest and hence worst - known as katabatic - these winds rushing down the plateau towards Mawsons Huts at hurricane speed. The winds mostly appear without warning and often in the mornings. When the BANZARE team visited Mawsons Huts in January, 1931 they were referred to as the huts or old huts - nothing too illustrious.

Outside too there a bit of old junk - tins, wood, wire etc. The big advantage for Sir Douglas Mawson was the Boat Harbour and where the Huts are positioned they are in close proximity to the coast of Antarctica.

Mawson's Hut. BANZARE - January, 1931.Scanned from a print. Likely a Frank Hurley photograph. Eric Douglas Antarctic Collection. Eric Douglas said "Commonwealth Bay, Adelie Land - Sir Douglas Mawson's old quarters. This is a view of the inside of part of the hut after it had remained for 17 years uninhabited. Observe the bottles on the shelves covered with icicles. The supply of food left in 1915 was found to be in perfect condition. Also no rust was found on steel items, this is considered to be due to the extreme dryness of the atmosphere and the extreme cold. Old clothes found inside the hut were unimpaired by the years. On the outside of the hut the wooden boards were very deeply scored by snow erosion. Generally all soft wood had vanished leaving only the hard grains standing. In some places over 1/2 inch been worn away". (Historic Images).

 

Adélie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae), Commonwealth Bay, Australian Antarctic Territory, Antarctica.

Adélie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) jumping onto the ice. The penguins swim at great speed towards the ice and then leap into the air to make landfall. Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica.

Adelies at Boat Harbour - 2007. The Adelie on the left is about to take a running dive into the extremely chilly waters of Boat Harbour.

Three Adelie penguins on the Continent at Boat Harbour - Cape Denison - Commonwealth Bay 2007.

The Adelies glistened and so did the snow and ice of the Continent.

Adélie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae), Commonwealth Bay, Australian Antarctic Territory, Antarctica.

Adélie Penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae), Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica.

Gumboots on the land ice - Commonwealth Bay - 2007

Adélie Penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae), Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica.

Pack Ice in detail - 2007. The whiteness makes me feel cold but the blue makes it pleasant

Memorial Cross to Ninnis and Mertz - View from Mawsons Huts - December 2007

Mawsons Huts - panorama. A perfect day in the Antarctic

Life is going uphill - 20th December 2007. Rocky outcrops - the Adelies make their nests of pebbles in these outcrops which are well away from the ice edge. The icy Antarctic continent here on this day though snow covered was quite firm and powdery. A perfect sunny and somewhat endless day as night time appeared much the same as day time!

   

Adelies - Commonwealth Bay - 2007. Time for some food or an icy dip or to just play around on the icy coastline.

Adelie Penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae) in Commonwealth Bay, Australian Antarctic Territory, Antarctica.

Bergy bit just hanging around

The Sun with a halo. The sun sweeping low over the Mackellar Islets, Commonwealth Bay - 19th December, 2007. The sun swooped around and took up the whole sky for a short period and that was it.

Adélie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae), Commonwealth Bay, Australian Antarctic Territory, Antarctica.

Adelie penguin on the fast ice - Commonwealth Bay - 2007. A summer stream nearby. Don't talk to me about trees - we think that they are from the Moon or Mars! Not necessary down here

Adélie Penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae), Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica.

Adélie Penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae), Commonwealth Bay, Australian Antarctic Territory, Antarctica.

Adélie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) jumping onto the ice. The penguins swim at great speed towards the ice and then leap into the air to make landfall. Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica.

Commonwealth Bay, the Antarctic, Ice Floe - from some yards away - 2007.

Commonwealth Bay, King George V Land. The people in the distance near the water are standing on sea ice. To get to the actual continental land we crossed a small stream over a wooden plank. The land of course being mostly covered with ice and snow except for the rocky outcrops. "Aladdin's Cave" used by Sir Douglas Mawson and the AAE of 1911 - 1914 is inland from here on the Antarctic plateau.

   

Adélie Penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae), Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica.

Adélie Penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae), Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica.

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