Scientist, explorer and adventurer…
Science and History Meet
The scientific information that Mawson and his team acquired in Antarctica and Australia has on-going importance to our understanding of the world in which we live. The gallery also looks at the inspirational quality of his life. Geology, biology and history are covered in this exhibit. Select an appropriate program from the Article Index (right).
Extend Your Visit
The Mawson Archive Box provides a wonderful opportunity to integrate literacy and research skills into both Science and History. Ring Education Bookings to organise a loan of this resource. Suitable for Years 5–9. Take a set of reproductions from the Mawson archives back to your school. Students can then work like real archivists, searching through documents and film for information to answer questions such as;
- What were the scientific interests of the expeditions?
- How did Mawson raise funds for his expeditions?
- How was photography used?
Visit the Gallery Online
Students can follow up their visit by looking through the virtual Mawson gallery by visiting the website:
In the Footsteps of Douglas Mawson
On the website, many of the gallery texts are reproduced in context. We recommend your students use the site after, rather than before their visit because the texts have more meaning if the students have seen the real objects first. However, if your students cannot make it into the actual gallery, the virtual gallery is still a good source for research.