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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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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

 

Persistenturl:http://acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/album/albumView.aspx?acmsID=17845&itemID=823831

 

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

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

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

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

Adélie Penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae), Commonwealth Bay, 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.

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

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

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

Adélie Penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae), Commonwealth Bay, 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.

"To jump or not to jump?" Adélie Penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae), Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica. Leopard seals lie in wait for penguins so the first penguin to make the jump always takes a risk.

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

Even the penguins find it difficult to balance on the ice

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

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

Adelie penguin dancing? Well, walking anyway, in that comical adelie fashion...

AAE - 1911 to 1914 - Frank Hurley's Dark Room in the main hut of Mawsons Huts - Cape Denison - Commonwealth Bay. December 2007.

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

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

Adelie Penguins march across the ice

Gumboots on the land ice - Commonwealth Bay - 2007

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).

 

Commonwealth Bay - 2007. This view is from the vicinity of Mawsons Huts. Most of the land based immediate vicinity at Commonwealth Bay is free from crevasses - otherwise tourists in particular could not venture there - so it is a stroke of good fortune. Of course not far away over the hill and to both sides of the Mawson Huts region or area, the crevassed area would be imminent. Other sudden dangers are going on a one way slippery slide down the side of cliffs behind the rocky outcrops used by the Adelies and their pebble nests. Icebergs can be seen on the distant horizon.The flags on the right indicate a small stream and melting ice and these flags were placed in other 'no go areas' staked out by the tourist ship's expeditioners - before the tourists are permitted to come ashore. All the other small dots scattered around the landscape are Adelie penguins at work, at play, just resting or trying to sleep or are asleep. In the midst of it all is a Weddell Seal. The water on the right is part of the Boat Harbour at Cape Denison.

  

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!

A seal had moved onto their patch of ice. Seal didnt seem particularly interested, but the penguins weren't too impressed.

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.

Antarctic Continent - Commonwealth Bay - 2007. It seems stable and fixed in time - but the ringing out of constant lound cracking was a reminder of its fagility and volatility. A landmass to be admired and respected as with all of the earth's land, seas and skies.

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!

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.

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!

   

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

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

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

Mawsons Huts - Boat Harbour - Cape Denison - Commonwealth Bay

- Bunk of Belgrave Edward Sutton Ninnis - in 2007. Ninnis had a tragic ending and for that reason to be in the same space as he once was, was a very poignant moment.

Just prior to the British Australian New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition on 1929/30 and 30/31 (in two voyages). Sergeants Mess - Point Cook or Laverton - most likely Point Cook.

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

Weddell Seal (Leptonychotes weddellii), Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica.

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

Adelie Penguins slip, slide, skate across a patch of ice

 

Reprocessing some of my photos. All I had at this time was iPhoto which is a very blunt instrument. Apologies to those who have seen all of these before.

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

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

Adelies slip, slide, skate across a patch of ice

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

Mawson's hut at Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica. Scanned from a 35 mm slide. © All Rights Reserved. No usage allowed including copying or sharing without written permission.

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