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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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Sanderson Junior Model Quarter Plate camera with one plate. Used by George Rayner in Antarctica 1927-1939.Images: 1
Pair of modified wooden skis with stocks. These skis were used by Peter Paish on a three month 1,100 mile return glaciological exploration journey from Mawson Base to the Amery Ice Shel ...Images: 1
Ice sledge made to be towed by ponies or dogs. Used on the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907- 1909, led by Ernest Shackleton, by Australian Bertram Armytage, a member of the expedition ...Images: 7
Matchbox promoting the 1949-1952 Norwegian-Swedish-British Antarctic Expedition, manufactured by the Swedish Match Company, Sweden, 1952. They were used on Heard Island and in Antarctic ...Images: 2
Snow shoe made by Brewer Sports Industries of Australia, Melbourne circa 1947. This is the type of snow shoe used by the Australian Antarctic Expedition in 1947. It is part of Museum Vi ...Images: 3
Alternative Name/s: Pair of Pants Ventile trousers designed by ANARE for use in the Antarctic and manufactured by the Commonwealth Government Clothing Factory. They are part of a field ...Images: 1
Alternative Name/s: Anorak, jacket Ventile parka designed by ANARE for use in the Antarctic and manufactured by the Commonwealth Government Clothing Factory. It is part of a field suit ...Images: 1
Gladstone Bag made circa 1900 and used by John King Davis on his nautical journeys, including as the Chief Officer of SY Nimrod during the British Imperial Antarctic Expedition, 1907-19 ...Images: 1
Leather dog collar worn in Antarctica in 1993 by husky Morrie, one of the last group of huskies used in Antarctica. It is part of Museum Victoria's collection of artefacts from the post ...Images: 2
Certificate presented to Dr Phillip Law by the American Geophysical Union and the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics in recognition of the contribution of Dr Law and ANARE to ...Images: 1