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Rare Photos From The First Expedition To Antarctica In 1911

In 1911, a group of scientists and adventurers left Hobart under the leadership of Dr Douglas Mawson. They were bound for Macquarie Island and then, to the unknown parts of Antarctica. The scientists of the expedition achieved enormous information that later made a major contribution to the knowledge of the region. Here are some amazing photos from their adventure, including some adorable seals and penguins. 

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    Group portrait

    Adaptation - ĐACO
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    Cavern carved by the sea in an ice wall near Commonwealth Bay, 1912

    Photograph
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    Wreck of the ‘Gratitude’, Macquarie Island, 1911

    Stock photography
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    Huskies pulling sledge, 1912

    People
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    Arthur Sawyer and sea elephant pup, 1912

    Seal
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    F. Bickerton looking out over seas near Commonwealth Bay, 1912

    Glacial landform
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    Ice cased Adelie penguins after a blizzard at Cape Denison, 1912

    Flightless bird
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    Skeleton of sea-elephant and Harold Hamilton, 1912

    Black-and-white
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    Blizzard, the pup in Antarctica, 1912

    Vertebrate
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    Hamilton hand-netting for macro-plankton from Aurora,1912

    Water
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    Frozen Adelie, Antarctica, 1912

    Penguin
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    Shags defending nest, Macquarie Island, 1912

    Bird
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    Basilisk and Ginger at Main Base, 1912

    Canidae
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    Young sea-elephants on the beach, Macquarie Island, Antarctica, 1911-1914

    Monochrome
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    Mushroom ice formation, 1912

    Rock
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    King penguins, Antarctica, 1911-1914

    Penguin
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    Victoria penguin, Antarctica, 1911-1914

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    A dreamy Venice in seal-land, 1911-1914

    Ice
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    Cape Denison during a blizzard, crampons had to be worn on boots and ice-axes used, even so progress was very difficult and could be perilous

    White
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