It has often been claimed that the Australian nation was born in 1915 on a war-torn beach far away in Turkey on the other side of the world.  But the heroic landing a few years earlier at Cape Denison, Antarctica – a landing also ‘hampered by adverse conditions’ and a landing in Australia’s own region of the globe – deserves our attention and was imbued with similar symbolism and sentiment.

–     Tom Griffiths


Professor Tom Griffiths, Antarctic historian, joins the Australian Antarctic Division’s centennial voyage to Mawson’s Huts at Commonwealth Bay, departing Hobart 5 January 2012.  Here you can follow his experience and reflections on this commemorative expedition, told in his own words and through the diaries of Australasian Antarctic Expedition members.