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The undies that almost stopped an Antarctic expedition

November 29, 2013

Margaret Simpson
These two pairs of undies are part of a large collection of equipment and personal items used by Antarctic adventurers James Castrission (Cas) and Justin Jones (Jonsey) on their 'Crossing the Ice' Antarctic expedition to the South Pole, 2011-2012.

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.

Mawson’s Antarctic Sledge

April 22, 2009

Margaret Simpson
Several of my most favourite objects at the Powerhouse Museum are the five sledges used on Mawson’s and Scott’s Antarctic expeditions in the early 20th century. Hardly anyone knows we’ve got them.