Biologist Harold Hamilton with the skeleton of a sea-elephant. Photograph: James Francis (Frank) Hurley/Australian War Memorial E05988B
The geologist and explorer Douglas Mawson led the Australasian Antarctic Expeditionfrom 1911 to 1914. Comprising 31 men, including photographer Frank Hurley, it charted large segments of the east Antarctic coastline, and investigated sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island and the Southern Ocean. The party arrived at Commonwealth Bay in March 1912. Mawson lost two men – Belgrave Ninnis and Xavier Mertz – on an expedition to map part of the coastline, but survived an epic return journey alone to the main base
 
Main image: Biologist Harold Hamilton with the skeleton of a sea-elephant. Photograph: James Francis (Frank) Hurley/Australian War Memorial E05988B
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