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After the Antarctic: Sir Douglas Mawson’s War (Part 2 – 1917/18)

Between early 1917 and late 1918 Douglas Mawson sent several revealing letters to the University outlining his situation and his perspective on the bloody European war, by then into its third and fourth years. After being disappointed in 1916 at what he felt was his failure to find a suitable research role in the war […]

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After the Antarctic: Sir Douglas Mawson’s War (Part 1 – 1915/16)

The First World War began only months after Douglas Mawson’s belated return from his Australasian Antarctic Expedition. Stories of the Expedition’s achievements, not least Mawson’s remarkable survival, preceded him and he received a hero’s welcome. Extensive newspaper coverage of Mawson’s February 1914 arrival at Port Adelaide on the Aurora and the subsequent celebration of the […]

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