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Sir Douglas Mawson's Journey - Aerial Transmission Recovery

As part of her recent visit to Macquarie Island, ABC reporter Tracey Bowden reported on the  Mawson's Hut Foundation's efforts to recover what remains of the wireless transmission antennas used by Douglas Mawson 100 years ago.

The aerials were used in the first relay transmissions from Antarctica to Macquarie Island to Hobart. The aerials were made up of four wires suspended above the ground between two masts. The operators communicated using morse code with the antennas and equipment donated to Mawson by Amalgamated Wireless Australasia.

Each day, the wireless operators would climb what became known as 'Wireless Hill' too see if they could get a message and it would be more than a year before they were able to communicate with Mawson in Antarctica. Two way communication was finally established with Antarctica in February 1913.

The story tells of the communications available to Mawson and the communication methods used today on the island to stay in touch with the rest of the world and the restoration work being undertaken before the antennas go on display at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

See the full story from Tracey Bowden. 

This page was last modified on July 2, 2014.