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.