May 1912: Celebrations at Mawson’s winter quarters, Commonwealth Bay

–from Douglas Mawson’s account “The Home of the Blizzard”

“Birthdays were always greeted with special enthusiasm.  Speeches were made, toasts were drunk, the supple boards of the table creaked with good things, cook and messman vied with each other in lavish hospitality.  The Hut was ornate with flags, every man was spruce in his snowiest cardigan and neck-cloth, the gramophone sang of music-hall days, the wind roared its appreciation through the stove-pipe, and rollicking merriment was supreme.”

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