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 13, 1913: The “Aurora” returns to Cape Denison

–from Douglas Mawson’s account “The Home of the Blizzard”— “The first ice was reached at 6 p.m. on January 10 in about latitude 64 degrees 30′ S. The pack-ice zone was traversed on the 11th and 12th, and at 2 a.m. on the 13th the anchor was dropped at Cape Denison. At that date there … More January 13, 1913: The “Aurora” returns to Cape Denison

January 6, 1913: Wild’s field party arrives back at the Western Party home base

–from Frank Wild’s field diary published in Lief Mills’ “Frank Wild“– “6 January. 7 miles. There was still a strong breeze when we started this morning, but no drift, and after an hour’s march we saw the mast with the glasses and soon after the hut. Just before reaching the hut we all started singing … More January 6, 1913: Wild’s field party arrives back at the Western Party home base

November 6, 1912: Mawson’s field parties on the eve of departure from Cape Denison

–from Douglas Mawson’s account The Home of the Blizzard— “November opened with more moderate weather, auguring still better conditions for midsummer. Accordingly, November 6 was fixed as the date of final departure for several of the parties.  Everybody was on the tiptoe of expectation. “The evening of November 5 was made a special occasion:  a … More November 6, 1912: Mawson’s field parties on the eve of departure from Cape Denison

Late October, 1912: Emperor penguins in Adelie Land

–from Douglas Mawson’s account The Home of the Blizzard— “On October 21 an Emperor penguin landed on the ice in the boat harbor, and, in early November, several more were captured.  As these were the only ones to come ashore at Cape Denison during the year, it is clear that they are infrequent visitors to … More Late October, 1912: Emperor penguins in Adelie Land

October 12, 1912: A farce at Commonwealth Bay

–from Douglas Mawson’s account The Home of the Blizzard— “The first penguin came waddling up the ice-foot against a seventy-mile wind late on the afternoon of October 12.  McLean brought the bird back to the Hut and the newcomer received a great ovation.  Stimulated by their success on the previous night and the appearance of … More October 12, 1912: A farce at Commonwealth Bay