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Historical timeline of AAE

Second Antarctic cruise departs Cape Denison for the western base 1913 – 09 February
The second Antarctic cruise, aboard the Aurora, departs Cape Denison for the western base.

Aurora is forced by bad weather to abandon Mawson at Cape Denison 1913 – 09 February
Aurora is called back via radio to collect Mawson and the rescue party, however it is forced by bad weather to abandon the attempt, so the ship can relieve Wild's western party before the sea freezes, forcing Mawson, and a party of six to spend another year at Cape Denison.

Naming of King George Land and first radio transmission to Australia from Antarctica 1913 – 21 February
By wireless telegraphy from Cape Denison, a message was sent through Lord Denman (Governor General) requesting permission to designate this new territory, ‘King George Land.’ A reply was received six days later granting the request.

Second Antarctic cruise arrives at western base 1913 – 23 February
The second Antarctic cruise arrives at the western base and ties up to the wall of the Shackleton Ice Shelf.

Second Antarctic cruise departs western base 1913 – 23 February
The second Antarctic cruise departs the western base with the western base party on board the Aurora.

Second Antarctic cruise arrives in Hobart 1913 – 15 March
The second Antarctic cruise on Aurora arrives safely back in Hobart and is laid up for the winter.

"Home of the Blizzard" film released in Sydney 1913 – 31 August
"Home of the Blizzard" (neither Mawson nor Hurley ever used this title), the documentary film of the AAE recorded by photographer Frank Hurley, is released in Sydney.

Third Antarctic voyage departs Hobart 1913 – 19 November
The third Antarctic voyage aboard Aurora, departs Queen's Pier, Hobart, for Macquarie Island and Cape Denison.

Third Antarctic voyage arrives at Macquarie Island 1913 – 29 November
The third Antarctic voyage, aboard Aurora, drops anchor in 12 fathoms in Hasselborough Bay, Macquarie Island.

Third Antarctic voyage departs Macquarie Island 1913 – 05 December
The third Antarctic voyage departs Macquarie Island and heads for Cape Denison, Antarctica.

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