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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Mawson’s classic account of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition is available as a free e-book (a ‘Plain Vanilla Electronic Text’) through Project Gutenberg. An online version is also available on the Australian Antarctic Division website.