February 1-7, 1913: “A Week’s Gale in Commonwealth Bay!”

–John King Davis, captain of Aurora, quoted in Mawson’s “The Home of the Blizzard”– “A week’s gale in Commonwealth Bay!  The seven days which followed I do not think any of us will forget.  From the 1st to the 7th of February it blew a continuous heavy gale, interrupted only when the wind increased to … More February 1-7, 1913: “A Week’s Gale in Commonwealth Bay!”

January 29, 1913: Mawson’s good luck and near miss

–from Douglas Mawson’s account “The Home of the Blizzard”– “. . . . there now remained only about twenty small chips of cooked dog meat and a few ounces of chocolate which I had kept carefully guarded for emergencies.  However, the wind and drift got up in the night and the start next morning was … More January 29, 1913: Mawson’s good luck and near miss

January 25-27, 1912: Hurricane in Commonwealth Bay

–from Douglas Mawson’s account “The Home of the Blizzard”– “[On board the Aurora Captain John King] Davis decided to wait at Commonwealth Bay, if necessary until January 30; to remain later would, he believed, seriously jeopardize the chances of relief for the Western Base [Frank Wild’s] Party. The landing of stores was greatly hampered by … More January 25-27, 1912: Hurricane in Commonwealth Bay

January 20-22, 1912: Mawson struggles homeward

–from Douglas Mawson’s account “The Home of the Blizzard”– “January 20 was a wretched overcast day and not improved by considerable wind and light drift. In desperation a start was made at 2 p.m. and, though nothing was visible beyond a few yards distant, I kept a steady course uphill and, assisted by the wind, … More January 20-22, 1912: Mawson struggles homeward

January 17, 1912: Mawson’s will to survive

–from Douglas Mawson’s account “The Home of the Blizzard”— [Mawson had fallen into a crevasse, with no hope whatever of rescue] “From those flights of mind I came back to earth, and remembering how Providence had miraculously brought me so far, felt that nothing was impossible and determined to act up to [poet Robert] Service’s … More January 17, 1912: Mawson’s will to survive

January 17, 1912: Mawson alone, in the blue depths of the crevasse. . . .

–from Douglas Mawson’s account “The Home of the Blizzard”— “January 17 was another day of overcast sky and steady falling snow. Everything from below one’s feet to the sky above was one uniform ghostly glare. . . . “I was hauling the sledge through deep snow up a fairly steep slope when my feet broke … More January 17, 1912: Mawson alone, in the blue depths of the crevasse. . . .