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  • Stan’s penguin muff and stole in Museum Victoria

Stole – Emperor Penguin, Stanley Taylor, circa 1913

Object Description

This stole, and matching muff, were made from a penguin pelt brought back from the Antarctic by Australian Stanley Taylor. Taylor was Leading Fireman on the Steam Yacht Aurora under Captain John King Davis, from October 1912 – March 1913, on the Australian Antarctic Expedition lead by Sir Douglas Mawson. This is part of Museum Victoria’s collection of artefacts from the ‘Heroic Era’ of exploration of Antarctica.

Educational Value Statement

This is a unique, and most unusual object of Anatarctic heritage. Stanley Gordon Roberts Taylor was Leading Fireman on the Steam Yacht Aurora and his log of the voyage covers the period October 1912 to March 1913 when the Aurora, under Captain John King Davis, sailed to the Antarctic. They carried 21 Husky dogs on the outward voyage, and brought back members of the Australian Antarctic Exploring Expedition on the return.

  • 100 Years of Australian Antarctic Epeditions

    One hundred years ago, Douglas Mawson began planning a new scientific expedition to the Antarctic coast south of Australia. On 2 December 1911, Mawson’s plans came to fruition and the Australasian Antarctic Expedition left Hobart bound for Macquarie Island and East Antarctica. The 1911-1914 Australasian Antarctic Expedition was the first Australian-led Antarctic expedition.

    From 2011, Australia celebrates the centenary of this expedition, and 100 years of Australian Antarctic expeditions. The Mawson-led expedition was important for the science conducted which contributed to the world’s understanding of Antarctica, and the global processes of which it is a part. Australia’s Antarctic scientists today continue this important research.


  • Bert Lincoln’s Diary.

Bert Lincoln diary - page 1 December 25th 1912

Aurora / Mawson 1911-1914

Bert Lincoln was an Able Bodied ordinary seaman on board the SY Aurora during a trip lasting just under three months from Hobart to Commonwealth Bay Antarctica and back again to relieve Mawson’s expedition during its second summer, the middle of a three summer and two winter expedition.

He was born in 1888. So in 1913 when he went on the Aurora to the Antarctic he was 25yrs old. He served in the Camel Corp in 1918 as a Corporal and died aged 30 yrs. He was 5’10 1/2” tall. He was the eldest of four children in his family. War details for Bert Lincoln

What follows is Bert’s diary of the voyage. Often men such as Bert were not even included on lists of the ship’s personnel which only tended to list the ships officers, expedition scientists and the support personnel who spent their time on the base.

Bert Lincoln’s Diary

Home of the Blizzard

Information about the Australasian Antarctic Expedition

Australian Antarctic Division

The Australian Antarctic Division’s web site

Mawson’s Huts Historic Site: National Heritage values

In recognition of its national and international significance, Mawson’s Huts Historic Site is listed on the Australia’s National Heritage List. Its national heritage values are listed on this Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities website.

Mawson’s Huts Foundation

The Mawson’s Huts Foundation has been established to conserve for the Australian people the unique, historical buildings known as Mawson’s Huts, base for one of the most significant expeditions in Antarctic history. The Foundation’s website provides a variety of resources concerning current and future efforts to conserve the huts and information about the archaeology and heritage of the site.

International Polar Heritage Committee

The site is provided by the International Polar Heritage Committee (IPHC) as a resource of information on matters related to the human heritage of Arctic and Antarctic regions. It is offered to everyone with an interest in the preservation and protection of the history of exploration, research and exploitation in polar areas.

The Home of the Blizzard, by Douglas Mawson

Mawson’s classic account of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition is available as a free e-book through Project Gutenberg.

State Library of New South Wales: Antarctica collections

A wonderful collection of material from the Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911–1914, including original images, maps, diaries and manuscripts.

South Australian Museum: ‘In the Footsteps of Sir Douglas Mawson’

This site gives an abbreviated life history of Douglas Mawson and information about the places where Mawson pursued his major scientific interests – outback Australia (particularly the Flinders Ranges) and Antarctica.


At the National Library of Australia’s PictureAustralia website you can view online photographs of Douglas Mawson and the Australasian Antarctic Expedition.

The Antarctic Philatelic site

A detailed biography of Douglas Mawson can be found on this site, along with numerous biographical entries on other Antarctic explorers and scientists and a time line stretching from 1519 to 1959.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

The ABC’s collection and references relating to Douglas Mawson.

The Friends of Mawson

The Friends of Mawson are an association of individuals and organisations who are united in an endeavour to promote the name of Sir Douglas Mawson and all he stood for, including his contribution to science and exploration.

Mawson and the Ice Men of the Heroic Age: Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen

Peter FitzSimons details the story of Australia’s most famous polar explorer and the giants from the heroic age of polar exploration: Scott, Amundsen and Shackleton. The book tells the staggering tale of Mawson’s survival, despite all the odds, arriving back just in time to see his rescue ship disappearing over the horizon. He also masterfully interweaves the stories of the other giants from the Heroic Age of Polar Exploration – Scott of the Antarctic, Sir Ernest Shackleton and Roald Amundsen – to bring the jaw-dropping events of this bygone era dazzlingly back to life.

The Longest Winter – Scott’s Other Heroes

The intensely human story of Captain Scott and his men’s miraculous survival in an ice cave is brought to life in Meredith Hooper’s gripping book which separates the parallel tragedy of Scott and his companions and allows these other heroes to take their rightful place in history. Using accounts and diaries of the men involved, Hooper lays bare not just the sickness, starvation and suffering but the ingenuity, resilience, camaraderie and discipline which helped the party survive over six months of Antarctic winter.

Douglas Mawson on Twitter

Follow Douglas Mawson on Twitter and walk in his footsteps as he embarks on his journey south to Australia and the Antarctic.

Douglas Mawson – Life of an Explorer by Lincoln Hall

With the 100th Anniversary of Douglas Mawson’s expedition to Antarctica coming up in December, Lincoln Hall’s Mawson biography is being re-released with new photographs and insights into his journey told from an adventurer’s perspective.

In Bed with Douglas Mawson

Departing Hobart on a seven-week voyage onboard the RSV Aurora Australia, Craig Cormick’s book details his adventure and provides interesting insights into Antarctica.

Celebrating 100 years of Australian Antarctic Heritage

The Hon Tony Burke MPThe Hon Tony Burke MP announces plans to celebrate the centenary of the AAE.

AAE data shows Macquarie Island sea level rise today

Data collected during the Australasian Antarctic Expedition is being used to help determine sea and land level change at Macquarie Island.

Frank Hurley’s Antarctica

Frank Hurley's Antarctica book coverFrank Hurley is best known for his stunning Antarctic photographs, best showcased in Helen Ennis’ most recent book published by the National Library of Australia (2010).

The Adelie Blizzard facsimile edition published

The newspaper produced by members of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition during the winter of 1913, The Adelie Blizzard, has been published in facsimile.

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