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Building the Replica Museum

The Replica Museum is a boutique, world class museum providing visitors with the opportunity to learn and understand the history and achievements of the men of the 1911-14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition led by Douglas Mawson.

The museum promotes awareness of Australia’s involvement in the Antarctic and highlights Hobart as the gateway to the Antarctic continent for the Asia Pacific region.

Having defied over a century of the world’s most fierce winds at sea level, the original hut still stands today, clinging to the edge of the vast ice sheet of the polar plateau in Commonwealth Bay, East Antarctica. 

The huts are regarded as the birthplace of Australia’s Antarctic heritage and hold a unique place in Australian history. They are of national and international heritage significance, being one of only six remaining sites from the “heroic era” of Antarctic exploration (1898 to 1916), and are also the only surviving site from an Australian Antarctic expedition during that period.

Original Sponsors and Supporters of the Replica Museum building project.

Project Team

The Mawson’s Huts Foundation


Australian Government Department of Environment


CIRCA (Robert Morris-Nunn & Martin Schmidt)
Building Surveyor
Lee Tyers
Construction Managers
J&B Tucker Builders & Peter McCabe Builder

Artistic Director

Harris Art (Peter Harris)

Project Manager

Robert Morris-Nunn, Hobart
Design engineers
Gandy & Roberts – (Jim Gandy)

Site owner

Hobart City Council

Heritage carpenters

Peter McCabe
Jon Tucker
Alan Davis
Tony Spandler
Chris Gallagher
Matt Tucker
Dan Tucker

Original Sponsors

Chimu Expeditions
IQ Consult
Kordia Solutions

Supporters and Contractors

Grand Chancellor Hotel Hobart

ADMINISTRATION (office – Crows Nest)

Chimu Adventures


Hobart Mercury

Aurora Observatory display

Peter Morse

Brochure design and COPYwriting

Julie Hawkins and Chris Viney



Construction infrastructure

VOS Construction Ltd, Hobart

Contributing artists

Wendy Sharpe

Disability access consultant

Michael Small

Door furniture

Manfred Franks
Access Technology

Electrical engineer

Christopher Crack


A.O. Hansson

Electricity supply

Aurora Energy

Footings construction

The Precasters

Glass supplier

Zane Wilson of Southern Glass


Australian Antarctic Division

Interpretation designers

Red Arrow – (Tim Williams, Julie Hawkins, Chris Viney)


Southern Lights and Distribution

Materials sourcing and supply

Clennetts (Simon Cornelius & Will Clennett)
CRC Distributors
Southern Glass

Materials Prefabrication site

Tasmanian Ports Authority (Tasports)

Mechanical engineer

Ian Loney

Module transportation

Eliotts Crane Hire

Mobile Office Hire

Coates Hire

Photographic record research

Michelle Berry

Photographic images

Mitchell Library of the NSW State Library
Australian Antarctic Division
Mark Pharoah
South Australian Museum
Geoff Ashley
David Killick
Alasdair Macgregor


Howrah Plumbing

Project filming documentation

Chris and Sally Henderson
Matt Tucker

Publication material

Australian Antarctic Division


Pack and Send (North Ryde)
Sea Freight

Reception fit-out

John de Jong UCI
Spicon Linear Matrix LED Illumination

Replica digital display units


Replica equipment fabrication

(acetylene plant and wireless)
John Gillies

Replica interior

Cherie Wolley of Wolley’s Fabrics
Gretchen Jensen
Kate Ferro
Carmen Ayala

REPLica Clothing & Furnishing

Cherie Wolley’s Window Décor
Gretchen Jensen
Katie Ferro
Carmen Alaya
Country Women’s Association (Tasmania)

Replica logo

Peter Anderson


Gunnebo Australia, Chubb


Sean de Freitas of Saunders Signs

Site Archaeologist

Parry Kostoglou

Site excavation

Walter Construction, T.L Barnett & Tony Spandler

Site Surveyor

Terry Cromer of Cromer & Associates

Sledge restoration

Rod Ledingham

Steel supply


Steel Fabrication

Advanced Welding & Ben Tucker

Volunteer general hand

Barbara Tucker

Volunteer heritage carpenters

Ted Bugg
Simon Cornelius
Julian Bampling

Waterproofing membrane supplier

ARDEX Australia
Waterproofing installationZaganite

Website (ORIGINAL SITE in 2013)

Tom Synnott of WeAreUntitled

Work Health and Safety advisor

Josh Laws


Become involved and support our work

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, Mawson's Huts, Mawson's Huts Foundation, Cape Denison, East Antarctica, Antarctica, Australasian Antarctic Expedition, AAE, Australia's Antarctic Heritage, Antarctic History, Heroic Era of Antarctica, Conservation and Restoration,


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