Rare archive images show British and Australian expeditions to Antarctica in the early 1900s
Memories Frozen in Time: From Ice Covered Ships to a VERY Frightened Penguin, Rare Vintage Images from British and Australian Antarctic Expeditions of the Early 20th Century
Explore Antarctica 100 years ago courtesy of these rare vintage photographs.
The images are stunning archival photographs from early 20th century Antarctic expeditions that have been re-digitized by the National Archives of Australia and the Australian Antarctic Division.
The collection consists of hundreds of black and white photographs and glass plate negatives documenting the harsh conditions, unusual wildlife and daily life on epic voyages such as the Australian Antarctic Expedition and the British Antarctic Expedition that took place in the 1910s.
The Director-General of the National Archives of Australia, Simon Froude, said: “I am delighted that this collection is being held in the National Archives for future generations to access. These photographs complement other national collections documenting Australia’s exploration and research in Antarctica.
“The images give a unique insight into the difficult conditions the explorers faced. There are fabulous photos of the unique wildlife as well as photos depicting the science and technology of the time.’
While Assistant Director General for Collections Management Steven Fox said: “This collection is rare and fragile. Acquiring it, preserving it, digitizing it and preserving it means it will be accessible now and for generations to come. The public can digitally access a range of records ranging from very early explorations of Antarctica to later expeditions.” Scroll down to take a journey through time…
This captivating photo shows a royal colony of penguins at Nuggets Beach, Macquarie Island, in the southwest Pacific. It was taken during the Australian Antarctic Expedition, a 1911–1914 expedition led by Australian explorer Douglas Mawson
This image from the Australian Antarctic Expedition shows the reconnaissance ship Aurora covered in a sheet of ice. The ship was later bought by Ernest Shackleton. It’s not certain who took this picture, but it’s believed to be the work of Australian photographer and adventurer Frank Hurley
Captured in this image is a huge iceberg caught during the British Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition (BANZARE) between 1929 and 1931
LEFT: This image of a southern bull elephant seal was taken during the British-Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition. RIGHT: This close-up of an apparently startled Adelie penguin was taken during the British Antarctic Expedition led by Captain Robert Falcon Scott in 1910-1913
Unidentified men sew and cut rope in this image from the British Antarctic Expedition
An unknown man stands in a hole dug in the ice. This photo was taken during the British Antarctic Expedition
The polar expedition ship Terra Nova is captured in pack ice on this glass plate negative of the 1910s British Antarctic Expedition
LEFT: Two seals near an ice cliff are shown in this glass plate negative from the British Antarctic Expedition. RIGHT: This photograph from the British Antarctic Expedition shows husky dogs sitting on ice
This photograph from the British Antarctic Expedition shows English artist George Edward Marston reading a book while resting a candle on his head for light. Marston also accompanied Ernest Shackleton on two separate expeditions to Antarctica
In this scene from the British Antarctic Expedition, an unidentified man is seen taking a bath
This photograph from the British Antarctic Expedition shows an unidentified man taking Greenland husky dogs for training
It is not known on which Antarctic expedition this was captured. The identity of the man staring at large icebergs in the picture is also unknown
Group Captain Stuart Campbell (centre) raising the Australian flag over Heard Island in the Southern Ocean on 26 December 1947. Campbell was the leader of the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition, launched that same year
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