tiabunna's photos with the hut

Commonwealth Bay Panorama

Commonwealth Bay Panorama
I'll leave Mawson's Hut with this stitched panorama. After visiting the hut interior, I felt the need to take it all in context, so I headed onto the ridge to the west. Mouse over the note at top left to view large. Near the hut is one of the more impr…
Added on November 21, 2013

Beyond the Stove to the Darkroom

Beyond the Stove to the Darkroom
That very icy shelf in the foreground is the top of the slow combustion heater/stove for Mawson's Hut. Alongside the flue of the stove is a canister used to melt snow as the water supply. The tiny box behind with the open door is the darkroom of Frank…
Added on November 20, 2013

Cape Denison Panorama

Cape Denison Panorama
The Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-1914 established their base in the small inlet at far right, alongside Cape Denison in Commonwealth Bay. To the left, the Antarctic ice cap stretches polewards.

The site was chosen by the AAE because it gave…
Added on November 15, 2013

Eroded Timbers, Mawson's Hut

Eroded Timbers, Mawson's Hut
Section of the roof, showing the erosion of the timbers. Incessant blasting by snow carried by high winds has reduced the timber thickness, leaving nails proud of the surface and raised "shadows" where now-gone timbers have protected the surface for a pe…
Added on November 14, 2013

Mawson's Hut

Mawson's Hut
If I had to choose my "ultimate wish" travel destination, this was it: I never expected to actually get there! One of only six surviving explorers' huts from the "Heroic Era" of Antarctic exploration, this was erected in late 1911-early 1912 by the Austr…
Added on November 14, 2013

The old Sandy Bay hut - and neighbours

The old Sandy Bay hut - and neighbours
Dating from the early 1950s. As with the old hut at Lusitania Bay, the Sandy Bay hut was a recycled aircraft engine packing crate, installed when the Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions were new and short of funds! But it did provide ov…
Added on October 28, 2013

Aurora australis over Mawson

Aurora australis over Mawson
From an old 1966 slide. This was a time exposure of the aurora to the east of Mawson, looking past a living hut named "Balleny" (the living huts were all named after early Antarctic explorers. To give some idea of the intensity of some auroras, this was…
Added on August  9, 2012

Macquarie Island 1968: Balloon launch on a windy day

Macquarie Island 1968: Balloon launch on a windy day
From an old slide. This was some years before ozone depletion was recognised, but scientists wanted more data on seasonal changes to temperatures in the high stratosphere. We had a supply of special high altitude balloons for launching on set dates, but…
Added on April 19, 2013

Macquarie Island 1968: Lusitania Bay hut

Macquarie Island 1968: Lusitania Bay hut
Copied from an old slide. Dating from the early 1950s, the Lusitania Bay hut was a recycled aircraft engine packing crate! But it did provide overnight (if basic) accommodation. When I returned in 2005 for a visit, it was noticeable how the King Peng…
Added on February 15, 2013