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Image: Antarctic sledge (1907)
Source: Museum Victoria
Museum Victoria holds a significant collection of items relating to the history of Antarctic exploration. These items are mostly images, items of clothing, scientific instruments, artefacts relating to expeditioners' entertainments, philatelic items from Antarctica and medals and other awards. They range through the entire history of Antarctic exploration from early maritime exploration of Antarctica through the Heroic Era of Antarctic exploration to the modern era of scientific exploration and Antarctic tourism.
The main collection groups are:
Phillip Law Collection: Phillip Garth Law (1912-2010) led the Australian exploration of Antarctica for 17 years as Director of the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition (ANARE). During this period ANARE operated from Melbourne. Following his retirement in 1966, Law actively promoted Antarctic heritage and compiled an extensive historical collection relating to Antarctic exploration and research. The Phillip Law Collection of over 1400 items, includes photos, clothing, philatelic covers, banners and plaques - mostly items used by, or presented to Dr Law.
George Rayner Collection: Rayner was a British photographer and biologist based at the research station at Grytviken in the Falkland Islands from around 1928 to 1939. He took part in a number of sub-Antarctic voyages as a member of the scientific staff of the Discovery II research vessel. The primary focus of his research was to establish the seasonal migration patterns of whales. Discovery II and Rayner also participated in the rescue of American aviator Lincoln Ellsworth in 1935-36. Rayner was also an avid photographer of his sub-Antarctic environment. The collection includes photos, clothing, camera and trunk.
The Antarctic Collection also includes items from earlier expeditions including those of Robert Scott (1901-1904), Ernest Shackleton (1907-09 and 1914-17) and Douglas Mawson (1911-1914 and 1929-1931). It includes clothing from Scott's Discovery expedition, an ice sledge used by Bertram Armytage on Shackleton's Nimrod expedition and meteorological equipment from the Ross Sea party of Shackleton's Trans-Antarctic Expedition. There is also material from modern expeditions to Antarctica, Antarctic tourism and environmental campaigns relating to Antarctica.
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Black and white image depicting the ANARE Station at Macquarie Island. It is one of a set of 12 black and white photographs of the Antarctic taken mostly in the 1950s and 1960s showing ...Images: 1
Glass negative portrait of Eric Douglas. It is one of a number of glass negatives by Eric Douglas and Frank Hurley taken during Voyages 1 and 2 of the British Australian New Zealand Ant ...Images: 1
Photograph depicting Sea Elephants lying on the shore. It is one of a series of prints which belonged to Eric Douglas, one of two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) pilots on board both ...Images: 1
Photograph of Dr. Ingram on board the ship SY Discovery 1 in Antarctic waters. The photograph was taken by Frank Hurley during the British, Australian, New Zealand Antarctic Research Ex ...Images: 1
Glass negative with two views of the ship Discovery. It is one of a number of glass negatives by Eric Douglas and Frank Hurley taken during Voyage 1 of the British Australian New Zealan ...Images: 2
Glass negative depicting two photographs taken by Eric Douglas showing the ship SY Discovery 1 and a colony of Gentoo penguins. It is one of a number of glass negatives by Eric Douglas ...Images: 1
Glass Negative of the ship Discovery heading to Antarctica. It is one of a number of glass negatives by Eric Douglas and Frank Hurley taken of photographs from Voyage 1 of the British A ...Images: 2
Glass Negative depicting an albatross preparing to land, presumably on a ship. It is one of a number of glass negatives by Eric Douglas and Frank Hurley taken of photographs from Voyage ...Images: 2
Glass Negative depicting the harbour at Commonwealth Bay in Antarctica. It is one of a number of glass negatives by Eric Douglas and Frank Hurley taken during Voyages 2 of the British A ...Images: 2
Glass negative depicting a team of explorers raising the British flag at Proclamation Island, Antarctica. It is one of a number of glass negatives by Eric Douglas and Frank Hurley taken ...Images: 2