Images from the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (1911-1914)

The State Library of New South Wales has posted a collection of images taken by photographer Frank Hurley during Australia’s first tentative explorations of the planet’s ice-bound southern continent.

Students of polar history will know that Mr. Hurley and several other AAE members would go on to greater fame for their perseverance in Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-1916); not to mention service in the Great War.

Wreck of the ‘Gratitude’, Macquarie Island, 1911, originally uploaded by State Library of New South Wales collection.

Mushroom ice formation, 1912 / Frank Hurley, originally uploaded by State Library of New South Wales collection.

F. Bickerton looking out over seas near Commonwealth Bay, originally uploaded by State Library of New South Wales collection.

Huskies pulling sledge, originally uploaded by State Library of New South Wales collection.

Aurora traversing loose pack ice entering the Durville Sea, Dec. 1913, originally uploaded by State Library of New South Wales collection.

Australian Antarctic Expedition members in the kitchen, 1911-1914, originally uploaded by State Library of New South Wales collection.

Ice mask, C.T. Madigan, between 1911-1914 / photograph by Frank Hurley, originally uploaded by State Library of New South Wales collection.

Mertz leaving the hut by the trapdoor on the verandah roof, originally uploaded by State Library of New South Wales collection.

Bage in the entrance to the Astronomic Observatory, Antarctica, 1911-1914 / Frank Hurley, originally uploaded by State Library of New South Wales collection.

See the entire Flickr set for more.

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