7 December 2013 to 30 March 2014
South Australian Museum
Adelaide SA 5000
Antarctica – more than penguins on ice.
Imagine life in a land of ice and blizzards. What motivates people to venture to a place of such extremes as Antarctica? One word: discovery. Traversing Antarctica: the Australian experience reveals how Australia's connection with the frozen continent has developed over 100 years since the 1911–14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition led by Douglas Mawson.
A wealth of documentary material from the National Archives unveils this fascinating history.
A rare collection of original equipment and diaries from early expeditions is displayed together for the first time as well as inspiring interactive displays and imagery.
An education kit with notes for teachers and a self-guided activity is available for this exhibition (4.6mb)
The exhibition is a joint project by the National Archives of Australia, the Australian Antarctic Division and the Western Australian Museum.
This exhibition tour is sponsored by the Australia Council
Following feedback from our visitors, we have put together a small selection of publications about Australia's role in the Antarctic: