Valued at $245, this six-book collection includes our favourite selection of insightful and interesting books on Antarctica. The collection includes:
MAWSON’S HUTS – BY DAVID JENSEN
This coffee table-sized book includes 117 pages of stunning photographs of Mawson’s huts and the Cape Denison site. Most black and white images were taken by the legendary Frank Hurley, the AAE’s official photographer, with the colour photographs taken by members of the Mawson’s Huts Foundation expedition members who work to save the huts from being blown into the Southern Ocean.
MADIGAN’S ACCOUNT, THE MAWSON EXPEDITION
The Antarctic Diaries of C.T. Madigan (1911–1914) were lovingly transcribed by his niece Julie Madigan, who also arranged and paid for the publication of this revealing book. Cecil Madigan was a Rhodes Scholar and Mawson’s deputy and meteorologist at Cape Denison, who volunteered to stay behind for a second year when his leader failed to return in time to board his ship the Aurora.
RISE & SHINE, DIARY OF JOHN GEORGE HUNTER
Compiled by his daughter-in-law Joan Hunter, the diary of John George Hunter reveals his experiences as Mawson’s biologist at Cape Denison. A medical student when he joined the AAE, Hunter returned, qualified as a doctor, served in both World Wars, and went on to become a distinguished doctor. He was responsible for shaping today’s Australian Medical Association (AMA) and developing Australia’s first private health insurance.
THE CREVASSE, A CRITICAL RESPONSE TO ‘FLAWS IN THE ICE’ – BY KARYN MAGUIRE BRADFORD
This brilliantly researched book analyses and responds to some of the most damning criticisms made by David Day’s contentious book Flaws in the Ice (2013). Bradford presents a contrasting point of view based on extensive reading and sources about one of the Heroic Age’s foremost explorers, Douglas Mawson.
BODY AT THE MELBOURNE CLUB – BY DAVID BURKE
This mystery-cum-biography tells the story of Bertram Armytage – a member of Ernest Shackleton’s 1907–1909 expedition, who upon returning home tragically committed suicide wearing his dinner suit and polar medals at the exclusive Melbourne Club.
WENDY SHARPE’S ANTARCTICA – EDITED BY DAVID JENSEN
One of Australia’s most highly respected artists, Wendy Sharpe, spent six weeks onboard the Aurora Australis painting and drawing. This book features most of her Antarctic artwork in full colour, which raised valuable funds for the Mawson’s Huts Foundation in a sold-out exhibition upon her return.