Traversing Antarctica: the Australian Experience

Moulting Adelie penguins affected by blizzard, Cape Denison, 1912. Photo: Frank Hurley. NAA: M584,6 National Archives Collection.

07 December 2013–30 March 2014

10am-5pm daily
Mawson Gallery, Level 3



Discovery is in our  blood, even in such a land as extreme as the icy blizzards of Antarctica.

Traversing Antarctica: the Australian Experience shows how Australia's connection with the frozen continent has developed for over 100 years. Delve into the scientific, historical, and cultural legacy of those who navigate Antarctica’s extreme conditions.

This exhibition showcases a wealth of rare artefacts, evocative imagery and touch-screen displays.

Traversing Antarctica examines Australia’s continuing scientific discoveries in oceanography, climate change and the study of ice. It reveals our historic links with the frozen continent, as well as its inhabitants and the many challenges of living in such harsh conditions.

All records on display in Traversing Antarctica have also been digitised and can be viewed on the National Archives’ online database.

Traversing Antarctica: the Australian Experience is the product of a collaboration between the National Archives of Australia, the Australian Antarctic Division and the Western Australian Museum.


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Australian Antarctic Division logo.

Western Australian Museum logo.

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