Traversing Antarctica: the Australian experience

20 September 2014 to 1 November 2014

Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum 
Cnr Goondoon & Bramston Streets 
Gladstone QLD 4680

Tour schedule

Opens:
5 July 2014
Closes:
7 September 2014
Location:
Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery
1 Barolin Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670
Opens:
20 September 2014
Closes:
1 November 2014
Location:
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum
Cnr Goondoon & Bramston Streets
Gladstone QLD 4680
Opens:
6 December 2014
Closes:
1 February 2015
Location:
Hervey Bay Regional Gallery
166 Old Maryborough Road
Pialba QLD 4655
Opens:
14 February 2015
Closes:
22 March 2015
Location:
Grafton Regional Gallery
158 Fitzroy Street
Grafton NSW 2460

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

the Australia Council

A joint project with the Australian Antarctic Division

Australian Antarctic Division

  • read caption below
    Steam yacht Aurora and penguins
  • read caption below
    Adelie penguins in blizzard
  • read caption below
    Proclamation ceremony
  • read caption below
    Adélie penguins
  • read caption below
    Aurora Australis in pack ice
  • read caption below
    Aurora over Mawson Station

Following feedback from our visitors, we have put together a small selection of publications about Australia's role in the Antarctic:

Copyright National Archives of Australia 2014