August 9, 1912: Mawson makes a start

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

“It was not until august 8 that there was any indication of improvement in the weather.  That day opened with a steady barometer and bright sunshine, the wind fell to forty miles an hour and a fine radiant of cirrus clouds spread out fan-wise from the north, the first from that direction for many months.

“Accordingly on August 9, accompanied by Ninnis and Madigan, I set off with a team of dogs against a forty-mile wind in an attempt to push to the south.  The start was made after lunch and darkness arrived as we groped our way up to the bamboo pole making a point three and a quarter miles south of the Hut; so camp was pitched there.”

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