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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.


AAE centenary celebrated by Australia Post

Walter Henry Hannam stampAustralia Post is commemorating the centenary of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition with the latest issue of stamps in its four-part series.

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Traversing Antarctica: The Australian Experience

Antarctic map annotated by Sir Douglas Mawson c1950 (detail)17th Jun 2013 - 22nd Mar 2015
A national touring exhibition developed by the National Archives of Australia. Traversing Antarctica marks the 100th anniversary of the 1911–14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition, led by Douglas Mawson. The exhibition is a journey of discovery through the stories, science and wonder of Antarctica’s past, present and future. Read full description with dates and locations after the jump.

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