An incident in March soon
after the completition of the hut: HODGEMAN, the Night
Watchman returning from his rounds outside, pushes his
way into the veranda
through the rapidly accumulating drift snow".
"Home of the Blizzard" Vol I page 128.
Alfred James Hodgeman (26)
and Sketch Artist -
Born on 8 August 1885 in Adelaide,
South Australia - died England in January 1964.
Single at the time of
the expedition. For
four years he was an articled architect, and for five years a draughtsman
in the Works and Buildings Department, Adelaide. A member of the Main
Base Party (Adélie Land), he took part in several sledging journeys,
and throughout two years in the Antarctic acted in the capacity of Cartographer
and Sketch Artist, as well as that of Assistant Meteorologist.
From Appendix 1, Mawson - Heart of the Antarctic
Hodgeman designed the main hut and
later oversaw the construction work of the hut.
He was one of only five main base
party members to volunteer and stay for the second year to locate
Douglas Mawson and party.
For the second year, AJH was
engaged upon the maps, diagrams and plans of the expedition in
preparation for the Royal Geographical Society in London and for the
publication of the "Home of the Blizzard", the history of the
Whilst in London, WW1 was
declared in August 1914 when AJH transferred his commission in
the Australian Militia to the British Army. He later saw active
service in Gallipoli and Macedonia as a captain in the 6th Battalion
of the Leinster Regiment.
After the armistice in
November 1918, AJH did not return to Australia, but resumed his
career as an architect and eventually ran his own practice in
London, dealing with hospitals, housing, churches etc.
In April 1921, AJH married
Vera Le Blonde from Birmingham, they later had three sons, Bryan
Pennington born 1924, Gifford Pennington born 1926 and Russell
Pennington who was born in 1933 (Pennington is a middle name given
to each son).
When WW2 broke out in
September 1939 the Hodgeman family were living in Worthing Sussex,
this resulted in AJH joining the Naval Dockyard in Portsmouth as a
Civil Engineer. He survived repeated heavy German bombing of the
dockyard in 1941 and later amongst other duties was involved with
repairs and restoration to bomb damaged historic dockyard buildings.
During the war period, AJH was
also a part-time member of the Home Guard, a civilian/military
organization formed to assist the Armed Forces combat the threatened
German invasion of Britain, he was one of the few members of a
unique naval observation post on the coast at Worthing.
AJH retired in the mid 1950's
and moved to East Grinstead in Sussex, but very sadly his remarkable
life came to an end in January 1964. He was survived by his wife
Vera until she regretfully passed away in August 1974.
the children, Bryan is still living in East Grinstead with his wife
Pat, Whilst Gifford and his wife Margaret moved to Australia in 1973
and now live in Wahroonga NSW. In 1959 Russell emigrated to
Australia and is currently living in Mosman NSW with his wife
Additional material gratefully
received from Russell Pennington Hodgeman
Landmarks named after
Alfred J. Hodgeman
A group of small islands lying close to the
coast, 4 mi WSW of Cape De la Motte, in the E part of the entrance to
Watt Bay. Discovered by the AAE (1911-14) under Douglas Mawson.