February 26, 1914: Mawson’s Australian Antarctic Expedition–Home at Last.

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

“On February 26 we gazed on distant cliffs of rock and earth–Kangaroo Island–and the tiny cluster of dwellings round the lighthouse at Cape Borda. Then we entered St. Vincent’s Gulf on a clear, hot day, marveling at the tree-clad shores and the smoke of many steamers.

“Our coming had been signalled from Cape Borda and when the pilot stepped on board he brought with him a telegram from Sir Samuel Way, Lieutenant-Governor of Australia, welcoming us home.

“The welcome home–the voice of the innumerable strangers–the hand-grips of many friends–it chokes one–it cannot be uttered.”

Frank Hurley, the expedition’s photographer, will shortly be tapped by Shackleton for his own upcoming Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.

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