Antarctica: the Australian experience

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Australian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) of 1911–14, led by Douglas Mawson, the National Archives has unveiled a wealth of documentary material in the exhibition Traversing Antarctica: the Australian experience. In Canberra until 9 September 2012, this travelling exhibition is a joint project by the National Archives of Australia, the Australian Antarctic Division and the Western Australian Museum.

Explore the following four themes linked to the Australian Curriculum: History – delve into a collection of original records and investigate using the questions to guide your research and inquiry:


Antarctic transport
: Foundation and Years 1 and 2

Thumbnail of Unloading across the fast ice, Mawson
Unloading across the fast ice, Mawson
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The legend of Mawson
: Year 6

Thumbnail of Radio telegram from Douglas Mawson to Professor Edgeworth David

Radio telegram from Douglas Mawson to Professor Edgeworth David
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Antarctica: A case study in imperialism
: Year 9

Australian Expedition to the Antarctic
Australian Expedition to the Antarctic Statement to Parliament by PM Bruce
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Protecting the Antarctic environment
: Year 10

Thumbnail of The Antarctic Treaty
The Antarctic Treaty
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