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Charles Turnbull Harrisson (43) - Mawson 1911-1914
Biologist and Artist
Married, was born in Hobart, Tasmania
around 1869. For many years previous to joining the Expedition he
had done illustrative and artistic work and had been engaged on
a survey and in botanical and other scientific observations on the
west coast of Tasmania. Stationed with the Western Base (Queen Mary
Land) he acted as Biologist and Artist, accompanying F. Wild on
his main eastern journey and several other sledging parties.
Harrisson subsequently worked for the Commonwealth Department of Fisheries. He disappeared along with his ship, the FIS Endeavour and all hands in December 1914 on the way back to Australia from Macquarie Island. No distress message had been given and no trace of her was ever found, it is assumed she struck a rock and sank quickly.
Awarded the Polar Medal.
Landmarks named after Charles Turnbull Harrisson
Feature Name: Harrisson Ice Rises
Feature Type: glacier
Description: A local swelling of the ice surface 12 mi WSW of Henderson Island, where the Shackleton Ice Shelf overrides an underlying obstruction. Discovered by the Eastern Sledge Party of the AAE (1911-14) under Douglas Mawson.
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