Midwinter’s Day 1912 at Wild’s Camp in Queen Mary Land

–from Wild’s account published in Mawson’s “The Home of the Blizzard”–

“On Midwinter’s day the temperature ranged from -38 F. to -25 F. and daylight lasted from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.  We proclaimed a universal holiday throughout Queen Mary Land.  There were speeches, toasts and a gramophone concert that evening, following a special dinner in honour of the occasion.

“From this time dated our preparations for spring sledging, which I hoped would commence about August 15.  Jones mad some experiments with glaxo of which we had a generous supply.  His aim was to make biscuits which would be suitable for sledging, and, after several failures, he succeeded in compressing with a steel die a firm biscuit of blaxo and butter mixed, three ounces of which was the equivalent theoretical food value to four and a half ounces of plasmon biscuit; thereby also affording a pleasant variety in the usual ration.”

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