Conserving the birthplace of Australia’s Antarctic heritage​

Conservation & Restoration

The Mawson’s Huts Foundation – a not for profit charity established in 1996 to conserve the historic and fragile wooden huts – is seeking funds for on-going maintenance and conservation of the buildings.

The Foundation is a registered Deductible Gift Recipient with all monetary donations tax deductible.

Sir Douglas Mawson

Australia’s greatest Polar explorer Douglas Mawson led two major expeditions to the Antarctic in 1911-14 and 1929-31. His legacy includes Australia’s territorial claim to 42 per cent of Antarctica and the Australian Antarctic Division which operates three scientific and research bases on the continent and one on Macquarie Island.

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Help conserve Australia’s rich Antarctic heritage.

The Foundation is a not for profit charity seeking funds to promote and encourage public interest in the nation’s Antarctic history including the conservation of Mawson’s Huts at Cape Denison, East Antarctica.

The Mawson’s Huts Foundation is a registered Deductible Gift Recipient with all monetary donations tax deductible.

Mawson’s Huts

Mawson’s Huts at Cape Denison, East Antarctica are one of just six buildings which remain intact from the “heroic era” of Antarctic exploration which extended from 1897 to 1917. They were used as the main base for two years by the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) of 1911-14 led by Dr Douglas Mawson.


Inspire current and future generations by conserving and communicating the legacy of Sir Douglas Mawson’s expeditions, other Antarctic pioneers and Australia’s Antarctic heritage.

A history of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition

1911 – 1914

A 60 min documentary tracing the history of the historic huts at Cape Denison which were used as the main base by the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) led by Douglas Mawson.



Books, jewellery, prints & t-shirts to fluffy penguins & a range of exclusive items and memorabilia. Support the Foundation with a purchase – all proceeds go towards the conservation of the original huts at Cape Denison.


A bus has been converted into a mobile Antarctic classroom to enable the Foundation to take Antarctica to all regions of Australia. It will tour schools and communities including hundreds of small country towns.


The Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum is the world’s only full scale copy of a building from the heroic era of Antarctic exploration. Situated on the Hobart waterfront, it is rated by Trip Advisor as the No 1 museum in Hobart.

Thank you to all our supporters who helped fund a monument to the Australian huskies of Antarctica.

With a series of exhibitions, open days, school excursions, entertainments and lectures, we bring the Antarctic to you over four days.

Join us for a fascinating look at the work we do in the coldest, highest, driest and windiest place on earth.

Festival coming August 2020.

Australian Antarctic Festival


Mawson’s huts sit on Antarctica’s most windswept stretch of coastline.