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

February 21, 1914: Mawson’s expedition nearing home

–from Douglas Mawson’s account The Home of the Blizzard– On February 12, in latitude 55 S., a strong south-wester drove behind, and under half steam and with all sails set, the Aurora made eight knots an hour. The last iceberg was seen far away on the eastern horizon. Albatrosses followed in our wake, accompanied by… More February 21, 1914: Mawson’s expedition nearing home

January 19, 1913: The Aurora breaks through the pack

–from Douglas Mawson’s account “The Home of the Blizzard”– {The expedition ship Aurora had picked up the men of Mawson’s expedition at Commonwealth Bay and was now on the homeward passage.] “The morning of January 16 found us in the neighborhood of Queen Mary Land skirting heavy pack-ice more formidable than any met with in… More January 19, 1913: The Aurora breaks through the pack

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