And finally

The expedition's departure from Hobart
Half an hour before departure, Hobart. Talking together can be seen Mawson (cap on), Wild (white jersey), Captain Davis (white naval cap) and the Governor of Tasmania. Gray on bridge. Mitchell Collection, State Library of NSW (Photo: Xavier Mertz)

‘I think that we shall all be glad to get away,’ Mawson told his fiancée, Paquita. In their farewell meeting before his departure. As Paquita later remembered, Mawson told her that he felt he would never have the energy to organise another expedition. ‘I am prepared to go on exploring for the rest of time, but it is the organization from which one shrinks.’

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