Douglas Mawson - Biographical Notes
Physicist, acting subsequently as master
Expedition leader -
Born on a farm at Shipley, Yorkshire, England in 1882, his mother was originally from the Isle of Man. Educated in Australia.
Organiser and Leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition
previously a member of Sir Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition
of 1907-1909, being one of the party under Professor David which
reached the South Magnetic Pole. A graduate in Science and Engineering
of Sydney and Adelaide Universities, he had filled for some
time the post of Lecturer in Mineralogy and Petrology at the
Adelaide University. The only survivor of a party sledging to
the east from the Main Base in the summer of 1912-1913.
From Appendix 1, Mawson - Heart of the Antarctic
1911 Back Percy Correll Cecil Madigan and Frank-Bickerton Front Alfred Hodgeman Sir Douglas Mawson and Morton Moyes
Landmarks named after Douglas Mawson
Feature Type: bar
Description: A bank named for Sir Douglas Mawson.
Feature Type: cape
Description: Low, ice-covered cape forming the SE extremity of Charcot Island. First seen from the air and roughly charted by Sir Hubert Wilkins on Dec. 29, 1929, in a flight made around the island. Remapped from air photos taken by USN OpHjp in 1947 by Searle of the FIDS in 1960.
Feature Type: cape
Description: A high (455 m), narrow, ice-covered peninsula on the W side of Slava Ice Shelf. It extends over 30 mi in a northwesterly direction, terminating in Cape Hudson. Photographed from the air by USN Operation Highjump, 1946-47. Phillip Law of ANARE flew along the peninsula to its northern end in Feb. 1959 and sketched and photographed it.
Feature Type: summit
Description: A peak, 2,745 m, formed by an active volcanic cone at the summit of Big Ben, the mountain dominating the main mass of Heard Island. Surveyed in 1948 by the ANARE.
Feature Type: glacier
Description: A large glacier on the E coast of Victoria Land, descending eastward from the polar plateau, to the N of Trinity Nunatak and the Kirkwood Range, to enter Ross Sea, where it forms the Nordenskj¿ld Ice Tongue. First mapped by the BrAE (1907-09).
Feature Type: cliff
Description: A flat-topped, west-facing escarpment which extends in a N-S direction for 70 mi along the E side of Lambert Glacier. Discovered by Flying Officer J. Seaton, RAAF, of ANARE while on a reconnaissance flight in November, 1956.
Feature Type: gap
Description: A sea passage between grounded icebergs on the approach to Mawson Station at Holme Bay. It is about 22 mi long and 4 to 5 mi wide, opening out at the southern end to give the feature a funnel shape. The northern end at 6645S, 6320E, is sharply defined and coincides with the edge of the continental shelf; from there it bears 202. Discovered by ANARE in 1954, and used regularly by ANARE relief ships in their approach to Mawson Station.
Feature Type: beach
Description: That portion of the coast of Mac. Robertson Land lying between William Scoresby Bay, in 5934E, and Murray Monolith, in 6654E. The coast was sighted during the BANZARE, 1929-30, under Sir Douglas Mawson. Further exploration and landings at Cape Bruce and Scullin Monolith were made during BANZARE, 1930-31.
p.s. Douglas Mawson might have been a splendid fellow and absolutely first rate, but I bet he regretted having that picture taken of him in the balaclava - I mean it's the sort you'd send to your aunt Ethel to prove you really are wearing what she knitted for you.
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