People of Aurora

Officers of the SY Aurora
Officers of the SY Aurora. From an album of John King Davis held by the Australian Antarctic Division.

In their own words

Captain Davis is the most experienced navigator of Antarctic seas living … He’s an expert on oceanographical work, especially in sounding and dredging in deep waters … He successfully navigated Aurora, landing Dr Mawson at his winter quarters through the stormiest oceans and one of the worst ice seasons ever recorded.

– Sir Ernest Shackleton, 1913

This was my main life’s work. It was a three-year assignment filled with the most extraordinary vicissitudes.

– Captain Davis speaking about the AAE in 1959 to Graham Perkin (From “A Red Beard In Frozen Wastes Of Antarctica” by Graham Perkin, The Age, 16 September 1959)

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