In Photos: Mawson’s Antarctica Expedition

The geologist and explorer Douglas Mawson led the Australasian Antarctic Expedition from 1911 to 1914. Comprising 31 men, including photographer Frank Hurley, it charted large segments of the east Antarctic coastline, and investigated sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island and the Southern Ocean.

The party arrived at Commonwealth Bay in March 1912. Mawson lost two men – Belgrave Ninnis and Xavier Mertz – on an expedition to map part of the coastline, but survived an epic return journey alone to the main base. These photos taken on Mawson’s Antarctica expedition will shock you!

Check them out for more information and start to see our world through photos!

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