REPLICA PROJECT UNDERWAY
The Foundation’s plans to build a full scale replica of Mawson’s Huts on the Hobart waterfront are underway.
Construction will be in a large storage facility on the waterfront being generously provided by the Tasmanian Ports Authority (Tasports) and be ready for transportation to the replica site before the end of October.
CIRCA architects headed by Professor Robart Morris Nunn one of Tasmania’s most respected architects and Ganche Chua are heading the architectural team along with the highly respected design consultant Jim Gandy.
Assisting the project is Lee Tyers Building Surveyors and Tim Williams of Red Arrow which is looking after the replication and interpretation of the interior.
The Foundation is indebted to the Hobart City Council which is providing the prime waterfront site which is adjacent to Mawson’s Place and Constitution Dock.
Clennetts Mitre 10 are the exclusive suppliers of all the building materials and the Baltic Pine cladding will be from the same source in Scandinavia as the original timber, of exactly the same dimension and imported by the same company in Melbourne which supplied the AAE.
Foundation Chairman/CEO David Jensen AM plans to officially open the replica on December 2 this year which will be the 102nd anniversary of the departure from Hobart of the 1911-14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) led by Douglas Mawson.
“The replica project has developed into a wonderful community spirited project with everyone involved being incredibly generous with their time and skills,” said David
Construction has been made possible by a special grant of $350,000 from the Federal Government but the Foundation is asking members of the public to assist with the provision of artefacts for the interior. “These can be donated or loaned to for the replica,” he said
(Watch this space for updates!)