One hundred years ago, Douglas Mawson began planning a new scientific expedition to the Antarctic coast south of Australia. On 2 December 1911, Mawson’s plans came to fruition and the Australasian Antarctic Expedition left Hobart bound for Macquarie Island and East Antarctica. The 1911–1914 Australasian Antarctic Expedition was the first Australian-led Antarctic expedition.
From 2011, Australia celebrates the centenary of this expedition, and 100 years of Australian Antarctic expeditions. The Mawson-led expedition was important for the science conducted, which contributed to the world’s understanding of Antarctica and the global processes of which it is a part. Australia’s Antarctic scientists today continue this important research.
The Australian Antarctic Division and Antarctica New Zealand's joint Antarctic and Southern Ocean Science Conference will be held in Hobart in June 2013.
6th Mar 2013 - 14th Oct 2013
The National Museum of Australia will present Glorious Days: Australia 1913 from 6 March to 14 October 2013. Glorious Days will coincide with major centenary celebrations in Canberra as the city marks its first 100 years.