Wednesday 26 February 2014
The Australasian Antarctic Expedition led by Dr Douglas Mawson marked the first Australasian temporary occupation of Antarctica. The expedition returned to South Australia on 26 February 1914 to much fanfare.
With several more narratives now available and with a hundred years hindsight the account of the expedition needs to be re-examined. This day-long symposium will focus on what has been omitted, forgotten, not well told or distorted. Some aspects have until recently been neglected, others so highlighted that mythical elements can be discerned.
Join internationally renowned speakers including historian David Day, author Meredith Hooper, academic Elle Leane and environmental scientist Pat Quilty, along with descendants of expeditioners Mawson and Madigan, as they unpack and reconsider the Aurora expedition. Themes covered will include Aurora, Macquarie Island, Science, Main Base, Diaries and Legacies.
The Symposium will be opened by His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce, Governor of South Australia. Sessions will run all day with breaks for lunch as well as morning and afternoon tea, and followed by a cocktail reception to toast the centenary of the expedition's return.
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