Antarctic Pioneers

Australia, 1962

Film

One of Australia’s most famous photographers and explorers, Frank Hurley, presents this absorbing film on the history of Australia’s first expeditions to the Antarctic continent between 1911 and 1954. It includes remarkable, original footage of the expedition on the tall ship Aurora in 1911, the Campbell expedition in 1947 and the Law expedition in 1954. Much of this film was made by Hurley when he accompanied Sir Douglas Mawson and an Australian party to the Antarctic in 1912 and on later expeditions. The program traces the history of the Australian expeditions between 1911 and 1914 and the establishment of Mawson Station. A rare film which reveals the true hardship and courage of these early pioneers.

On display until:

ACMI Viewing Booths

22 April 2019

Credits

production company

Australian Commonwealth Film Unit

producer

Frank Bagnall

Maslyn Williams

co-director

Phillip Garth Law

Duration

00:30:00:00

Production places
Australia
Production dates
1962

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

300585

Language

English

Audience classification

Mediatheque - all ages (ACMI classified)

Subject categories

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Explorers

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Explorers - Antarctica

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Mawson station (Australian Antarctic Territory)

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Mawson, Douglas, Sir, 1882-1958

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

History → Australia - History - 1901-1914

History → Australia - History - 20th century

History → Explorers

History → Explorers - Antarctica

History → Mawson, Douglas, Sir, 1882-1958

People → Mawson, Douglas, Sir, 1882-1958

Places → Mawson station (Australian Antarctic Territory)

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Black and White

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Preservation Print (Section 5)

16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

MOV file H264; NFSA Digital Access Copy

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