Photograph - Two Men with Weasel Vehicle & Sleds, The Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition (ANARE), Antarctica, circa 1950s Image Reg. No: MM 123548

Black and white image of two ANARE team members checking or loading a sled being pulled by a Weasel oversnow vehicle in Antarctica. The Weasel was the first mechanical oversnow vehicle to be used by ANARE in Antarctica.

It is 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:
A Weasel (a mechanical oversnow vehicle) pulling two sleds, there are two men either side of one of the sleds, Antarctica, circa 1950 - 1960.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Dr Phillip Law, 1994
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 400 mm (Height), 495 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: antarctic expeditions, antarctic research, antarctic exploration, surveying, sleds, antarctica, snow vehicles, surveying instruments
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 written in black ink on the surface of the photograph; 'A.N.A.R.E. PHOTO BY J. BECHERVAISE'
Stamped in black ink on the back of the photograph; 'Department of External Affairs / ANTARCTIC DIVISION / Photograph Number.... / Title.... / Not to be reproduced without the / authority of the Antarctic Division.'
Stamped in black ink on the back of the photograph; 'This Print must be / Acknowledged / A.N.A.R.E. PHOTO'
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 John Bechervaise - The Australian Antarctic Division Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions, Australian Antarctic Territory, Antarctica, 1950-1960

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