Helpful Links

Antarctica’s cultural heritage

Australian Antarctic Division

The Australian Antarctic Division is committed to conserving and managing Australia’s cultural heritage places and artefacts in the subantarctic and Antarctic regions, and features a wealth of information on its website about Antarctic cultural heritage, including Mawson’s Huts.

Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum

Opened on the waterfront in Hobart December 2013, 102years to the day of the departure of the AAE. A true to scale size replica to help people experience Mawson’s Huts.

Home of the Blizzard

An in-depth site covering the history of the 1911-14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition, developed by the Australian Antarctic Division.

Mawsons Huts Historic Site: National Heritage values.

In recognition of its national and international significance, Mawson’s Huts Historic Site is listed on the Australia’s National Heritage List. Its national heritage values are listed on this Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage website.

Heritage Antarctica

This site highlights the activities of New Zealand’s Antarctic Heritage Trust in maintaining the historic huts in the Ross Sea sector. Included is a listing of historic sites with accompanying maps. This site also serves the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust.

Antarctic Heritage Trust (New Zealand)

The Antarctic Heritage Trust is an independent charitable trust based in Christchurch, New Zealand formed to care for the heritage of the heroic era located in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica, including four of the expedition bases associated with the first explorers on the continent: those of Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Ernest Shackleton and Carsten Borchgrevink.

The United Kingdom branch of the coalition of Antarctic Heritage Trusts: Heritage Antarctica.

Natural History Museum: Antarctic heritage and conservation

In 2005 the Antarctic Heritage Trust joined with the Natural History Museum, London in a partnership to profile the two organisations’ strong links to Antarctic exploration. NHM develop a “blog” webpage on the NHM website which allows you to follow the progress of three Antarctic Heritage Trust conservators currently wintering in Antarctica while they conserve artefacts associated with Shackleton’s hut.

Pete’s Polar Place

Peter D Cranwell is a polar philatelic specialist and is consultant to the Mawson’s Huts Foundation in the production of all its philatelic items, which can be viewed in the Philatelic section.

Douglas Mawson

“The Home of the Blizzard” by Douglas Mawson

Mawson’s classic account of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition is available as a free e-books (a ‘Plain Vanilla Electronic Text’) through Project Gutenberg.

State Library of New South Wales: Antarctica collections

A wonderful collection of material from the Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-1914, including original images, maps, diaries and manuscripts.

South Australian Museum: ‘In the Footsteps of Sir Douglas Mawson’

This site gives an abbreviated life history of Douglas Mawson’s life and information about the places where Mawson pursued his major scientific interests – outback Australia (particularly the Flinders Ranges) and Antarctica. It can be viewed on its own, or it can be used in conjunction with a visit to the exhibition In the Footsteps of Sir Douglas Mawson at the South Australian Museum.


At the National Library of Australia’s PictureAustralia website you can view online photographs of Douglas Mawson and the Australasian Antarctic Expedition.

The Antarctic Philatelic site

A detailed biography of Douglas Mawson can be found on this site, along with numerous biographical entries on other Antarctic explorers and scientists and a time line stretching from 1519 to 1959.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

The ABC’s collection and references relating to Douglas Mawson.

The Spirit of Mawson