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Historical timeline of AAE

Return of near east sledge journey 1913 – 05 January
The near east sledge journey of Stillwell, Hodgeman and Close returns. They reached their furthest point 29 December 1912, and travelled approximately 180 kilometres.

Western base party's eastern sledge journey returns 1913 – 06 January
The eastern sledge journey of Wild, Kennedy, Harrisson and Watson return to the western base.

Mertz dies on far Eastern journey 1913 – 07 January
Xavier Mertz dies and Mawson is left alone 160 kilometres from the hut.

Southern sledge party returns 1913 – 11 January
The southern sledge journey of Bage, Webb and Hurley return, having reached their furthest point on 21 December 1912 and travelling approximately 970 kilometres.

Aurora arrives at Cape Denison 1913 – 13 January
The Aurora arrives at Cape Denison to relieve the expedition.

Mawson falls into crevasse 1913 – 17 January
On his solo return journey, Mawson falls into a deep crevasse and manages to haul himself out after seven attempts.

Return of western sledge journey 1913 – 18 January
The western sledge journey of Bickerton, Whetter and Hodgeman returns. They reached their furthest point 29 December 1912 and travelled a total of approximately 510 kilometres.

Return of western base party's western sledge journey 1913 – 21 January
The western base party's western sledge journey of Jones, Dovers and Hoadley returns.

Second Antarctic cruise arrives at Cape Denison 1913 – 01 February
The second Antarctic cruise - Aurora arrives at Cape Denison

Mawson returns alone from the far East sledge journey 1913 – 08 February
Douglas Mawson returns from the fatal far East sledge journey, having lost Ninnis (UK) and Mertz (Switzerland). The expedition reached its furthest point on 14 December 1912, and travelled a total of approximately 960 kilometres.

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