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Frank Hurley speaks in 1962 of how he applied to join the AAE as photographer

Excerpt from Antarctica Pioneers (1962). Cinematography by Frank Hurley. Australian Antarctic Division

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Frank Hurley speaks of his selection

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Frank Hurley: This happened half a century ago, and well do I remember the day back in 1911 when I applied to fill the vacancy of official photographer to the Mawson expedition. The Mawson expedition was the first Australian expedition to Antarctica and I think that everbody who carried a camera applied for that job. I had spent my teenage life in the steel works at Lithgow. I was a good mechanic and I had turned my hobby, photography, into my profession. I think the combination impressed Dr Mawson, for two days later he sent me a wire from Adelaide, "You are accepted." Now let us turn back the clock - the summer of 1911.

The SY Aurora anchored at Commonwealth Bay in 1912 [silent video]

Cinematography by Frank Hurley. © Australian Antarctic Division

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SY Aurora anchored at Commonwealth Bay

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Unloading of stores and equipment at Cape Denison in 1912

Excerpt from Antarctic Pioneers (1962). Narration and cinematography by Frank Hurley. © Australian Antarctic Division

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Unloading stores and equipment

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Frank Hurley: As the weather was delightfully calm, no time was lost in lightering ashore hut timbers, stores and equipment.

Landing equipment at Cape Denison in 1912

Note the Vickers REP Aircraft in a packing case.

Cinematography by Frank Hurley. © Australian Antarctic Division

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Landing equipment at Cape Denison

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Frank Hurley: It was to be our main shore base, from where sledging parties would go out east and west and south to carry on scientific work and explore the unknown.

Frank Hurley describes the first blizzard at Cape Denison

Excerpt from Antarctica Pioneers (1962). Cinematography by Frank Hurley. © Australian Antarctic Division

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First blizzard at the Hut

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Frank Hurley: We had scarcely got our hut up at the winter quarters, Cape Denison, when we had our first bad blizzard. Little did we imagine, when we landed in calm sunshine, that we had established ourselves in the most tempest-ridden spot on the face of the globe. We developed a technique of walking about, but any routine work beyond shelter became a struggle against tempest and frostbite. For the whole year the average wind velocity was 48.5 miles an hour. The worst day was in May, when the wind reached 90.1 miles continuously for an hour.

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