December 14, 1912: “I read the burial service.”

—from Douglas Mawson’s account “The Home of the Blizzard”— “When comrades tramp the road to anywhere through a lonely blizzard-ridden land in hunger, want and weariness to interests, ties and fates of each are interwoven in a wondrous fabric of friendship and affection. The shock of Ninnis’ death struck home and deeply stirred us. . … More December 14, 1912: “I read the burial service.”

December 14, 1912: Mawson’s disaster–the truth strikes home

—from Douglas Mawson’s account “The Home of the Blizzard”— “We were a happy party that morning as we reveled in the sunshine and laid plans for a final dash eastwards before turning our faces homewards. Mertz who was well in the lead, the conditions being both suitable and agreeable for employment of skis, was in … More December 14, 1912: Mawson’s disaster–the truth strikes home

December 11, 1912: “Our spirits rose when the sky cleared. . . .”

–from Douglas Mawson’s account The Home of the Blizzard– “On the 10th light wind and low drift were the order of things.  Our spirits rose when the sky cleared and a slight down grade commenced. “During the morning, Ninnis was the first to catch sight of what appeared to be small ice-capped islets fringing the … More December 11, 1912: “Our spirits rose when the sky cleared. . . .”

December 6, 1912: Diversions during a three day blizzard in Adelie Land

–from Douglas Mawson’s account The Home of the Blizzard— “During the three days that followed a dense blizzard raged, the wind reaching seventy miles per hour.  Snow descended in a deluge and there was nothing to do but lie in our bags and think out plans for the future.  Each morning Ninnis and Mertz took … More December 6, 1912: Diversions during a three day blizzard in Adelie Land

November 19, 1912: Mawson’s magnetic pole party heads out

–from Douglas Mawson’s account The Home of the Blizzard— “All were ready to be on the move at 8.45 a.m. on Novermber 19.  While Mertz and Ninnis built a cairn of snow, I wrote a note to be left on it in a tin, containing instructions to Stillwell in case he should happen on the locality. … More November 19, 1912: Mawson’s magnetic pole party heads out

November 17,1912: Mawson, Mertz and Ninnis head out on the trail

–from Douglas Mawson’s account The Home of the Blizzard— “Madigan’s and Stillwell’s parties broke trail to the east on the morning of the 17th, while we were still attending to the sledges and dogs preparatory to departure. . . . We then went in pursuit of the other six men over a surface of rough … More November 17,1912: Mawson, Mertz and Ninnis head out on the trail