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George Harris Sarjeant Dovers (21) - Mawson 1911-1914 Cartographer
Single, of Sydney, New South Wales, was completing
his term for Licensed Surveyor in the service of the Commonwealth
Government when he joined the Expedition. He was in the Antarctic
for two summers and one winter, being stationed with the Western
Party (Queen Mary Land). A member of several sledging parties, he
acted as Cartographer to the party which reached Gaussberg.
"…everything is just ripping, we are landing in a place
that will make the whole civilized world wonder … when I think of
the all the fellows slaving in offices in cities when there is all
this beautiful God’s world to explore & all its wonders to see,
I pity them, this is living not merely existing, I cannot do justice
to my subject on paper, it is too wonderful."
"...his (George Dovers) son and my father Robert George Dovers also went to the Antarctic - expeditions to Heard and Macquarie Islands in 1947 and 1949; he was the sole Australian member of the 1952 French expedition when Port Martin base burned down and he and 6 French men volunteered to stay in temporary huts for the year when the base expedition was abandoned; and was the leader of the party that established Mawson Base in 1954 - a nice twist."
Received from Janet Dovers, granddaughter of George Dovers
Landmarks named after George Harris Sarjeant Dovers
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