MAWSON (DOUGLAS) Autograph letter signed ("Douglas Mawson"), to Mr Horne, written just before landing at Commonwealth Bay, 1912
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MAWSON (DOUGLAS) Autograph letter signed ("Douglas Mawson"), to Mr Horne, written just before being set ashore at Commonwealth Bay, 1912
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AUSTRALIAN ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION, 1911-1914
MAWSON (DOUGLAS) Autograph letter signed ("Douglas Mawson"), to [W.A.] Horne, one of his patrons, written just before going ashore at Commonwealth Bay ("everything has gone well thus far and we expect to accomplish a great scientific achievement duting the coming year"), describing the scenery ("the most marvelous... in the world.. your exploring spirit must be making you long to be here to breathe this wonderful air and absorb the grandeur of the Antarctic"), and suggesting that they will remain there until early the following year, one page, on notepaper headed 'Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911/ S.Y. Aurora', 4to Adelie Land, Jan[uary] 19th 1912

Footnotes

  • THE HOME OF THE BLIZZARD: "We are just about to step ashore at our new home here at Commonwealth Bay". Mawson writes home full of wonder at the scenery, on the day the Aurora set sail and left the main western party in what seemed to be an ideal natural harbour, but which turned out to be little more than one continuous blizzard.
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