Mawson: A Life

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Melbourne Univ. Publishing, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 392 pages
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A hero of the polar exploration age, Sir Douglas Mawson is profiled in this biography, which recounts his Antarctic expeditions of 1911_1914 and 1929_1931, which resulted in Australia claiming 40 percent of the sixth continent. The personal letters and professional correspondences included reveal MawsonÍs relationships with influential friends and rivals. Recounted are such adventures as Mawson's confrontation of a delusional explorer in Antarctica who believed that he was Jesus Christ, his trip on an advanced monoplane, and his inspections of English war factories for chemical weapons.
 

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Sir Douglas Mawson (1882-1958) was the first of the great Australian Antarctic explorers. A geologist and professor by trade, he alternated trips to Antarctica with surveying New Hebrides (now Vanuatu ... Read full review

Contents

South
1
Magnetic South
14
GoldDiggers of 1910
31
Australasian Antarctic Expedition
43
Sacred Anthem
59
Death and Deliverance
71
Madness All Around
84
Fame Without Fortune
98
Divided Command
163
The Fruits of Division
172
Siege of the South
192
The Domestic World
207
Relations with Byrd Ellsworth and Wilkins
215
The Geologist in the Field
231
Mawson and AN ARE
241
To the Last Horizon
250

The Mills of War
111
The Sydney Chair
123
A Contract is a Contract
140
Politics and Power
150
Notes
261
Bibliography
290
Index
304
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Philip Ayres is an associate professor of English literature at Monash University and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is the author of "Malcolm Fraser: A Biography," "Classical Culture," and "The Idea of Rome in Eighteenth-Century England."

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