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.
Australia Post is commemorating the centenary of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition with the latest issue of stamps in its four-part series.
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.
17th Jun 2013 - 22nd Mar 2014
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.