October 21, 1912: A thaw inside Mawson’s Hut

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

“On October 21 there was a marked thaw inside the Hut.  the thick cakes of ice on the roof windows dripped continually, coming away in lumps at lunch-time and falling among the diners at both ends of the table.  Every available bucket and tub was in use to catch the drip and that evening we retired to bed with our umbrellas up, so to speak.”

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