January 2, 1914: Mawson’s Expedition Leaves the Antarctic Continent for Good

–from Douglas Mawson’s account “The Home of the Blizzard”— The Australasian Antarctic Expedition finally departed December 23, 1913. “. . .the motor launch, with Madigan and Bickerton, sped away [from the Aurora anchored in Commonwealth Bay] for the last load through falling snow and a rising sea. Hodgeman had battened down the windows of the … More January 2, 1914: Mawson’s Expedition Leaves the Antarctic Continent for Good

November 1913: A Calm Evening in Adelie Land

–from Douglas Mawson’s account “The Home of the Blizzard”– “A calm evening in November! At ten o’clock a natural picture in shining colours is painted on the canvas of the sea and sky. The northern dome is a blush of rose deepening to a warm terra-cotta along the horizon, and the water reflects it upward … More November 1913: A Calm Evening in Adelie Land

October 20, 1913: Spring arrives at Commonwealth Bay

–from Douglas Mawson’s account “The Home of the Blizzard”– “The winds were very high for the ensuing two days, and on the 17th (October) the horizon was clearer and more water-sky was visible. Before lunch on that day there was not a living thing along the steep, overhanging ice-foot, but by late afternoon thirteen birds … More October 20, 1913: Spring arrives at Commonwealth Bay

Winter 1913: Marking time at Cape Denison

–from Douglas Mawson’s account “The Home of the Blizzard”– “Many have asked the question, ‘What did you do to fill in the time during the second year?’ “The duties of cook and night-watchman came to each man once every week, and meteorological and magnetic observations went on daily. Then were able to devote a good … More Winter 1913: Marking time at Cape Denison

June 1913: The Adelie Blizzard “When Your Mits Begin to Go”

–-From ‘When Your Mits Begin to Go’, June 1913 issue of “The Adélie Blizzard”– “If you’re snowed-up in a blizzard in a sludgy sloppy tent, And for days the drift has threshed and swished, and conversation-spent You hazard another ‘chestnut’ on your mild forbearing mates, And the scornful lips of someone with a wan smile … More June 1913: The Adelie Blizzard “When Your Mits Begin to Go”

The Antarctic Year: Commonwealth Bay 1913

–from Douglas Mawson’s account “The Home of the Blizzard”– At the beginning of April, McLean laid the foundations of “The Adelie Blizzard,” which recorded our life for the next seven months. It was a monthly publication, and contributions were invited from all on every subject but the wind. Anything from light doggerel to heavy blank … More The Antarctic Year: Commonwealth Bay 1913