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Spirit of Mawson - Public Lecture

Spirit of Mawson - Public Lecture

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  • Fri 27 Sep ’13, 6:00pm – 7:00pm


University of Canterbury, Ilam Road, Ilam, Christchurch


All Ages

Gateway Antarctica, in cooperation with the Antarctic Society, present a public lecture by Professor Chris Turney: The Australian Antarctic Expedition 2013-2014: In the Spirit of Mawson

2013-2014 marks the centenary of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition led by the great scientist and explorer Sir Douglas Mawson. But much of what we remember from this time is the triumph of the Norwegian Roald Amundsen over the British-led efforts of Robert Falcon Scott to reach the South Geographic Pole. During this incredible time at the very height of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, the public were kept enthralled as the limits of our planet were pushed all the way south and the door to Antarctica flung wide open. Using a mixture of books, articles, lecture tours and films, Mawson and the Antarctic explorers of the time fed a public hungry to learn more of this unique land.

To mark this special centenary, we will be leading a privately-funded voyage of discovery to the Antarctic during the Austral summer of 2013-2014, which will be the focus of this public talk by Professor Chris Turney.

Chris Turney is leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition 2013-2014 and an ARC Laureate Fellow at the University of New South Wales. He is the author of several popular science books, the most recent of which is 1912: The Year The World Discovered Antarctica.

When: 18:00 – 19:00 on Friday, 27 September 2013
Where: Room 252, Psychology/Sociology Building, Ilam Campus, University of Canterbury

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