Antarctica’s cultural heritage websites

Australian Antarctic Division
The Australian Antarctic Division is committed to conserving and managing Australia’s cultural heritage places and artefacts in the subantarctic and Antarctic regions, and features a wealth of information on its website about Antarctic cultural heritage, including Mawson’s Huts.
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 the Environment and Heritage 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.
Heritage Antarctica
This site highlights the activities of New Zealand’s Antarctic Heritage Trust in maintaining the historic huts in the Ross Sea sector. Included is a listing of historic sites with accompanying maps. This site also serves the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust.
Antarctic Heritage Trust (New Zealand)
The Antarctic Heritage Trust is an independent charitable trust based in Christchurch, New Zealand formed to care for the heritage of the heroic era located in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica, including four of the expedition bases associated with the first explorers on the continent: those of Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Ernest Shackleton and Carsten Borchgrevink.
The United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust
The United Kingdom branch of the coalition of Antarctic Heritage Trusts: Heritage Antarctica.
Norway’s Forgotten Legacy
Norway has produced many great polar explorers and scientists. Some, like Roald Amundsen the first man to reach the South Pole are well known but there are others who have been almost forgotten – men like Carsten Borchgrevink who, almost 10 years earlier in 1899, paved the way for his more famous countryman by being the leader of the first expedition party to winter over in Antarctica at a site known as Cape Adare.
Natural History Museum: Antarctic heritage and conservation
In 2005 the Antarctic Heritage Trust joined with the Natural History Museum, London in a partnership to profile the two organisations’ strong links to Antarctic exploration. NHM develop a blog on their website which allows you to follow the progress of three Antarctic Heritage Trust conservators currently wintering in Antarctica while they conserve artefacts associated with Shackleton’s hut.

Douglas Mawson

The Home of the Blizzard, by Douglas Mawson
Mawson’s classic account of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition is available as a free e-books (a ‘Plain Vanilla Electronic Text’) 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’s life and information about the places where Mawson pursued his major scientific interests – outback Australia (particularly the Flinders Ranges) and Antarctica. It can be viewed on its own, or it can be used in conjunction with a visit to the exhibition In the Footsteps of Sir Douglas Mawson at the South Australian Museum.
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.
This page was last modified on July 2, 2014.