Aurora Expedition Symposium
Aurora Expedition Symposium
The Australasian Antarctic Expedition led by Sir Douglas Mawson marked the first Australasian temporary occupation of Antarctica.
Mawson’s expedition returned to South Australia on 26 February 1914 with great fanfare. Now, one hundred years later, and with several more narratives available, the expedition is being re-examined.
This day-long symposium will focus on what has been omitted, forgotten, not well told or distorted.
Internationally renowned speakers include controversial historian David Day, author Meredith Hooper (2014 Australian of the Year in the UK), explorer Professor Chris Turney (recently returned to Australia from the 2013-2014 Australasian Antarctic Expedition), academic Elle Leane and environmental scientist Pat Quilty, along with descendants of expeditioners Sir Douglas Mawson and Cecil Thomas Madigan. Themes covered will include Aurora, Macquarie Island, science, main base, the recently published diaries of Mawson’s Adelaide University colleague Cecil Madigan, and the scientific and cultural legacies of this historic journey.
The symposium will be opened by His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce, Governor of South Australia. Sessions will run all day with breaks for lunch as well as morning and afternoon tea, and followed by a cocktail reception to toast the centenary of the expedition's return.Register Now
Date: Wednesday 26 February 2014,
Time: 9am – 6pm
Venue: Mawson Laboratories, North Terrace Campus, The University of Adelaide
Price: $125 Adults, $75 students/concession.
Enquiries: Mr Peter Burdon (08) 8313 4002
|9am||Prof. Bob Hill, University of Adelaide||Introduction|
|9.15-9.45am||Professor Martin Hand||AAE Science Today|
|9.45-10.15am||Dr John Ainsworth||The Macquarie Island Wireless and Weather Station, 1911–1915|
|10.15-10.45am||Mark Pharaoh||Sealers, Wekas and Other Kiwi Influences on the AAE at Macquarie Island: Overlooking the New Zealand Contribution, 1911–14|
|10.45-11am||His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce, Governor of South Australia||Official Symposium Opening|
|11.30am-12pm||H.J.G. Dartnall||The Aurora’s crew 1911–1914|
|11.30am-12pm||Pat Quilty||Unfinished business: AAE science is still active|
|12-12.30pm||Dr Elizabeth Leane||High-Latitude Lassitude: Laziness and Leisure in the AAE|
|12-12.30pm||Dr Andrew Atkin||From Southern Cross to Aurora: a brief history of advances in Antarctic terrestrial magnetic research, 1898–1914|
|12.30-1pm||Emma McEwin||Penguins on Horseback and Douglas Mawson’s Iron Gut|
|12.30-1pm||Meredith Hooper||Playing the Game|
|2-2.30pm||Heather Rossiter||The boy from Adelaide, C T Madigan|
|2.30-3pm||Dr David Day||Countdown to Disaster: A discussion of the complex factors that caused the death of Xavier Mertz|
|3-3.30pm||Jenny Hunter||Chevalier de Tintail: Reflections on the life of John George Hunter and his contribution to the AAE|
|4-4.30pm||Dr Anna Lucas||Captain John King Davis, bringing Mawson and the team home|
|4.30-5pm||Dr Bernadette Hince||Antarctic Welcome Home Dinners|
|5-5.30pm||Professor Chris Turney||Australasian Antarctic Expedition 2013–2014|