Photograph - The Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition (ANARE), Scientists Standing Near Beaver Aircraft, Antarctica, circa 1950-1960 Image Reg. No: MM 123537

One of a set of 12 black and white photographs of the Antarctic taken mostly in the 1950s and 1960s showing images of icebergs, birds, people, landscapes, transport and the establishment of station camps. The images were taken by Phillip Law and others during expeditions to the Antarctic as part of the ANARE programs.

Following World War Two Australian interest in the Antarctic was revived. This saw the creation of the Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions (ANARE) in 1947 and the Antarctic Division in 1948 to administer ANARE and other Australian Antarctic activities. These two programs were managed by key figures in Australian Antarctic history including Sir Douglas Mawson and Sir Phillip Law.

Dr Phillip Garth Law - known as 'Mr Antarctica' - joined ANARE in 1947 and led Australia's Antarctic exploration for nearly twenty years. He was instrumental in the development of the Antarctic Division and the ANARE and led many Antarctic expeditions.
Black and white silver gelatin photographic print on card.
Description Of Content:
Three men standing with a tent and equipment while a Beaver aircraft is stationary in the background, Antarctica, circa 1950 - 1960.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Dr Phillip Law, 1994
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 227 mm (Height), 304 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: antarctic expeditions, aircraft, antarctic exploration, tents, accommodation, antarctica
Themes this item is part of: Antarctica Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Science & Measurement Collection
Primary Classification: EXPLORATION
Secondary Classification: Antarctic
Tertiary Classification: expeditions
Inscriptions: Hand witten on black ink on the photographs surface; 'A.N.A.R.E. PHOTO BY J.A. SEATON'
Stamped in black ink on the back of the photograph; 'Department of External Affairs / ANTARCTIC DIVISION / Photograph Number....[handwritten in black ink; '5345A'] / Title.... / Not to be reproduced without the / authority of the Antarctic Division.'
Stamped in black ink on the back of the photograph; 'ANARE PHOTO' Handwitten in black ink under stamp; 'By / J.A. SEATON'
Typed on white paper and adhered with tape to the back of the photograph; '5345A - The Australian expedition's Beaver aircraft visits the / depot at King Edward VIII Gulf, 160 miles west of Mawson. / Scientists were taken by aircraft to carry out work in this region / and the depot was also used as a refuelling point for long flights / extending further west. / ANARE PHOTO by J.A. SEATON. 1956. M/3.'
Format: Photograph: Black & White; See Dimensions
Place & Date Depicted: Australian Antarctic Territory, Antarctica, 1950 - 1960
Organiser of Expedition: Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions (ANARE), Australian Antarctic Territory, Antarctica, 1950 - 1960
Photographer: Mr J Seaton - ANARE Photographer


Laurie McLean Posted on 03 Sep 2013 2:06 PM
Then RAAF Flying Officer John Seaton was on the RAAF Antarctic Flight of 1955-56 The RAAF flight personnel and aircraft departed Melbourne on 27 December 1955 onboard the MV Kista Dan. Flying commenced on 5 January 1956 and a total of 548 hours were flown in 301 sorties. There are several authoritative references.

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