Mawson’s Aurora Expedition Symposium

Mawson Antarctic Expedition: Steam Yacht Aurora. Photo: Frank Hurley. NAA: M584, 2. National Archives Collection.

Steam Yacht Aurora with a group of penguins in the foreground. Photo: Frank Hurley. NAA: M584, 2. National Archives Collection.

University of Adelaide
26 February, 9am-5pm
$125 adult, $75 concession
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The Australasian Antarctic Expedition led by Dr Douglas Mawson marked the first Australasian temporary occupation of Antarctica. The expedition returned to South Australia on 26 February 1914 to much fanfare.

With several more narratives now available and with a hundred years hindsight the account of the expedition needs to be re-examined. This day-long symposium will focus on what has been omitted, forgotten, not well told or distorted. Some aspects have until recently been neglected, others so highlighted that mythical elements can be discerned.

Join internationally renowned speakers including historian David Day, author Meredith Hooper, academic Elle Leane and environmental scientist Pat Quilty, along with descendants of expeditioners Mawson and Madigan, as they unpack and reconsider the Aurora expedition. 


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