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Staying home

True south #2

Joanna Gilmour brings a mindful Douglas Mawson’s perspective to bear on the concept of isolation.

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Selected images

Sir Douglas Mawson
Sir Douglas Mawson, c. 1916 Thomson Studios
The Home of the Blizzard: being the story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914
The Home of the Blizzard: being the story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914
The AAE main base buried in deep snow , c. 1911-1914 Frank Hurley
The AAE main base buried in deep snow , c. 1911-1914 Frank Hurley
Lieutenant B E S Ninnis, R F, in uniform [Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914]  , c. 1913
Lieutenant B E S Ninnis, R F, in uniform [Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914] , c. 1913
Mertz emerging from trap-door in roof, Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914 Frank Hurley
Mertz emerging from trap-door in roof, Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914 Frank Hurley
A winter evening at the hut, c.1911-1912 Frank Hurley
A winter evening at the hut, c.1911-1912 Frank Hurley
A corner of the hut, Bage mending his sleeping-bag, c.1913 Frank Hurley
A corner of the hut, Bage mending his sleeping-bag, c.1913 Frank Hurley
In the blizzard: getting ice for domestic purposes, c. 1911-1914 Frank Hurley
In the blizzard: getting ice for domestic purposes, c. 1911-1914 Frank Hurley
The meteorologist with an ice-mask, c. 1913 Frank Hurley
The meteorologist with an ice-mask, c. 1913 Frank Hurley
An incident in March, soon after the completion of the hut, c.1912 Frank Hurley
An incident in March, soon after the completion of the hut, c.1912 Frank Hurley
Self portrait
Self portrait, c. 1911 Frank Hurley OBE
Interior of Commonwealth Bay living hut (L-R) Mertz, McLean, Madigan, Hunter and Hodgeman, 1912 Frank Hurley
Interior of Commonwealth Bay living hut (L-R) Mertz, McLean, Madigan, Hunter and Hodgeman, 1912 Frank Hurley
Plan of Mawson's Hut, Alfred James Hodgeman
Plan of Mawson's Hut, Alfred James Hodgeman
Portrait of Lieutenant Robert Bage, Australasian Antarctic Expedition, c.1911-1914 Frank Hurley
Portrait of Lieutenant Robert Bage, Australasian Antarctic Expedition, c.1911-1914 Frank Hurley
Portrait of Alfred Hodgeman, cartographer and sketch artist, main base party, c. 1911-1914 Frank Hurley
Portrait of Alfred Hodgeman, cartographer and sketch artist, main base party, c. 1911-1914 Frank Hurley
Australasian Antarctic Expedition Members: scenes inside living quarters, 1911-1914 Frank Hurley
Australasian Antarctic Expedition Members: scenes inside living quarters, 1911-1914 Frank Hurley
Australasian Antarctic Expedition Members: scenes inside living quarters, 1911-1914 Frank Hurley
Australasian Antarctic Expedition Members: scenes inside living quarters, 1911-1914 Frank Hurley
Paquita Mawson
Paquita Mawson, late 1940s Ingrid Erns
The wild west coast of Macquarie Island [Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914], c. 1913 L R Blake
The wild west coast of Macquarie Island [Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914], c. 1913 L R Blake
Sledge party rising on the slopes of Commonwealth Bay, Mawson in lead Frank Hurley
Sledge party rising on the slopes of Commonwealth Bay, Mawson in lead Frank Hurley
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