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Pumice from Antarctic volcanoes and Sydney beaches

February 19, 2014

Lynne McNairn
Over summer the beaches of Sydney have seen the arrival of a 'pumice raft'. The high tide line has been marked by a distinctive row of small light weight rocks which floated in on the tide. The phenomenon caused much comment amongst beach goers and gave children an exciting new material for their sandcastles.

Cas and Jonsey’s Christmas in Antarctica 2011

December 25, 2012

Margaret Simpson
It's exactly a year to the day since Australian adventurers, James Castrission and Justin Jones, celebrated Christmas in Antarctica during their trek from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and return.

Afghan camel pack saddle

December 23, 2012

Margaret Simpson
With Christmas almost upon us and countless nativity plays and greeting cards featuring wise men and camels, my thoughts turn to a rare and interesting item in the Museum's collection I researched a number of years ago, a camel pack saddle.

History Week 2012 Threads – what Mawson wore in Antarctica

September 8, 2012

Margaret Simpson
In earlier blogs I have written with great enthusiasm about the sledges and food taken on Dr Douglas Mawson's 1911-1914 Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE). Now I find myself similarly excited about some of the clothing from this expedition in our collection.

Dick Smith’s Variety Club Bash Car

August 21, 2012

Margaret Simpson
Last Sunday the 2012 Variety Club of NSW Bash participants left the inner-Sydney suburb of Balmain for their annual trip. The unusual Australian term, 'Bashing' probably short for bush-bashing was used in 1985 by businessman, adventurer and philanthropist, Dick Smith, when he invited a few mates on a drive to the outback.

Extreme South, James Castrission and Justin Jones’ Antarctic adventure

August 2, 2012

Margaret Simpson
   We came to probe its mystery, to reduce this land to terms of science, but there is always the indefinable, which holds aloof yet which rivets our souls"... wrote the Australian geologist and explorer Sir Douglas Mawson of Antarctica, that majestic yet formidable continent located at the southernmost point of our planet, in his 1930 book 'The Home of the Blizzard'.

Celebrating the Australian Aviatrix Lores Bonney

March 8, 2012

Margaret Simpson
In celebration of International Women's Day for 2012 I'd like to highlight the amazing short but inspiring aviation career of Maude (Lores) Bonney (1897-1994), one of Australia's pioneers. Lores’ passion for flying began after a flight in 1928 with aviation legend, Bert Hinkler, her husband's cousin.

Centenary of Mawson’s 1911 Antarctic Expedition – Part 2 – The riddle of the sledges

December 7, 2011

Margaret Simpson
What do Douglas Mawson, aviation pioneer Lawrence Hargrave, a Sydney car body builder and the Klondike gold rush have in common? They are all part of the riddle of the Museum’s sledges. In my last post I wrote about the Norwegian sledge in the Museum’s collection used on Mawson’s 1911-14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition.