Mawson and the Ice Men of the Heroic Age: Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen
On 2 December 1911, Mawson led an expedition from Hobart to explore the virgin frozen coastline below, 2000 miles of which had never felt the tread of a human foot. After setting up Main Base at Cape Denison and Western Base on Queen Mary Land, he headed east on an extraordinary sledging trek with the companions, Belgrave Ninnis and Dr Xavier Mertz.
Peter FitzSimons tells the staggering tale of Mawson's survival, despite all the odds, arriving back just in time to see his rescue ship disappearing over the horizon. He also masterfully interweaves the stories of the other giants from the Heroic Age of Polar Exploration - Scott of the Antarctic, Sir Ernest Shackleton and Roald Amundsen - to bring the jaw-dropping events of this bygone era dazzlingly back to life.
Peter FitzSimons' book will be released in November 2011 and will launched at the Mawson's Hut Foundation Dinner on 1 December 2011 at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Hobart.