The outbreak of World War I occurred immediately after the 1911–14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition, and plans for further Antarctic exploration were postponed.
During the 1920s Australia and Britain became aware that several countries, including Norway and France, were intending to stake territorial claims in Antarctica. This led to increased pressure on the Australian Government to mount a further expedition, both to establish territorial claims in the region and to explore the economic potential of Antarctica.
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- What did Prime Minister Bruce and his government hope to achieve for Australia by sending the 1929 expedition to Antarctica?
- How important was British influence in Australia’s decision to extend its territorial claims in Antarctica?
- How significant was Sir Douglas Mawson’s role in the success of the British Australian New Zealand Research Expeditions (BANZARE) between 1929 and 1931?