Antarctic Adventures

Early expeditions into Antartica always make my heart races. In this video Andrew McConville, digital access librarian at the State Library of Victoria, tells the story of the Ross Sea Antarctic expedition of 1914–17, which became stranded for more than two years on Ross Island while establishing a supply station for Shackleton’s planned continental crossing. Its connection to the Library is that the glass lantern slides taken by Keith Jack on the expedition are in the housed in the collection.


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  1. I read Ernest Shackleton’s diary kept during the failed expedition quite recently – absolutely amazing, but I knew little about the supply party… something else to investigate. I have been fascinated by these stories ever since I read a book entitled “Shackleton’s Epic Voyage” when I was about 10 years old.

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    1. anne54 says:

      The Shackleton expedition is one of the great stories of exploration. Made even more amazing because all the men survived. Like you Jan, I know little about the supply party.

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  2. KerryCan says:

    Any story of humans in exploration of wild nature thrills me!

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    1. anne54 says:

      I am also amazed at what the early explorers were able to achieve with equipment and technologies that were very primitive, according to today’s standards.


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