History of Antarctica
Visit our History Timeline for a complete visual layout of Antarctica's fascinating past. From the continent's first sighting through explorer accounts, station building, claims, treaties and tragedies.
Amundsen- Scott Race For The South Pole
By August of 1910, Amundsen was ready to make his own attempt to reach the South Pole, although all the world thought he was headed in the complete opposite direction. He had secretly ruled out attempting to reach the North Pole, because Americans Robert Peary and Frederick Cook had already laid claim to that feat.
Shackleton's Endurance Online Exhibit
Within eighty five miles of their destination, the Antarctic continent their ship Endurance was trapped and slowly crushed by pack ice. With no communication to the outside world their ordeal would last twenty months.
Sir Douglas Mawson (1882-1958) is Australia's most renowned Antarctic scientist and explorer.
In 1911 Mawson organized and commanded the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE 1911-14) and was the sole survivor of a three-man sledging journey that ended tragically. Mawson was knighted in recognition of his leadership of this expedition.
Patience Camp Photo
"It is now January, 1916, and still the pack showed no sign of breaking up."