Australian Polar Collection

Family in Mawson Gallery

The South Australian Museum has unveiled a new look on level three, with the Mawson Gallery being transformed into the Australian Polar Collections gallery.

This much-loved gallery now features improved displays and digital features and showcases the very best of the Museum’s Antarctic collections highlighting expeditions, biodiversity and the myriad achievements of Sir Douglas Mawson’s life. It also for the first time introduces Sir Hubert Wilkins and John Riddoch Rymill and their collections to the public.

Many of us are familiar with Sir Douglas Mawson, the man responsible for the legacy of scientific knowledge of the Antarctic region since the 1910s and Chair of the South Australian Museum Board from 1951-1958.

The redeveloped gallery now also tells the story of Sir Hubert Wilkins, who carried out the first aerial exploration of Antarctica in the 1920s, and John Riddoch Rymill, who won several medals for his survey work in the Antarctic during the 1930s.

Funding to renew the gallery was generously donated by the Mawson Collection Trust, which is made up of descendants of the late Sir Douglas Mawson, and through a public appeal.