Australian Histories Podcast
Ep 25 Mawson: Antarctic Explorers Pt 5: Australian History

Ep 25 Mawson: Antarctic Explorers Pt 5: Australian History

July 26, 2019

Douglas Mawson’s Australasian Antarctic Expedition concluded, and the last of the expeditioners arrived back in Adelaide in February, 1914.  A lot had happened, both on the frozen continent and across the world, in the years they had been away.  We wrap up the “Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration” in this episode, by reflecting on the AAE, on Mawson’s ongoing relationship with the Antarctic, and Australia’s connection to Antarctica. 

We’ll also just touch on the outcome of Scott and Amundsen’s attempts on the pole, which took place while Mawson was in the Antarctic, and just for interest, also discuss Shackleton’s return journey, which pretty much brought the Age to a close.

(54 Mins)

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Ep 24 Mawson: Antarctic Explorers Pt 4: Australian History

Ep 24 Mawson: Antarctic Explorers Pt 4: Australian History

June 28, 2019

Douglas Mawson’s expedition was well underway, and the teams from the Cape Denison base had returned, after completing their various research programs. 

All except Mawson and his team.  They had undertaken the most ambitious and distant trek, and were now overdue. 

We turn our attention to the trek Mawson, Ninnis & Mertz undertook for the AAE. 

(48 mins)

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Ep 23 Mawson: Antarctic Explorers Pt 3: Australian History

Ep 23 Mawson: Antarctic Explorers Pt 3: Australian History

May 31, 2019

After returning from Shackleton’s Nimrod Expedition and despite rejecting any idea of returning to Antarctica, the trauma of his polar trekking faded and Douglas Mawson began to consider all the exploration & discovery that still lay waiting there. 

He set about planning the “Australasian Antarctic Expedition”, to undertake an ambitious scientific & survey program for Australia & the Empire.  This time though, the harsh elements would extract a greater cost for giving up it’s secrets.

(51 Mins)

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Ep 22 Mawson: Antarctic Explorers Part 2: Australian History

Ep 22 Mawson: Antarctic Explorers Part 2: Australian History

April 26, 2019

Douglas Mawson, who would later become the leader of Australia’s first Antarctic expedition, undertook his first trip to Antarctica as part of Ernest Shackleton’s “Nimrod Expedition”,  1908.  Though he was young and this was his first foray in to the icy territory, his obvious intelligence, robust constitution and leadership skills, marked him out early for momentous work, and he was tasked with joining teams to explore Mt Erebus and to locate the Magnetic South Pole.

The following episode will then focus on Mawson’s leadership of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition itself.

(52 Mins)

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Ep 21 Mawson: Antarctic Explorers Part 1: Australian History

Ep 21 Mawson: Antarctic Explorers Part 1: Australian History

March 22, 2019

Australia’s first formal expedition to Antarctica in 1911, the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was led by Douglas Mawson, a geologist from Adelaide University.  This episode we’ll look at what brought Mawson to the Antarctic, and at the earlier British expeditions that helped scaffold Mawson’s later venture. 

The following episodes will focus on Mawson’s first trip South with Shackleton and then look in detail at the Australasian Antarctic Expedition itself.

(50 Mins)

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