Midwinter’s Day 1913!

–from Douglas Mawson’s account of the day at Commonwealth Bay in “The Home of the Blizzard”–

“Midwinter’s Day 1913! we had reached a turning-point in the season. Our astronomer told us that at eight o’clock on June 22 the sun would commence to return, and everyone took note of the fact. The sky was overcast, the air surcharged with drifting sonow, and the wind was forty miles an hour–a representative day as far as the climate was concerned. The cook made a special effort, and the menu bore the following foreword:

‘Now in the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer. . . . .'”

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