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Expedition South

A record of a year at Mawson, Australia's largest Antarctic station
Year : 1961 | Total Duration : 23 Minutes | Producer : Frank Bagnall
GS of encampment at Mawson seen from relief ship "Thala Dan" carrying men from Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions. MS crew on board. WS ship reflected in sea seen from land. WS crew being transported from ship to land in small amphibious craft. VS men around station and others unloading crates of supplies and equipment. VS building construction with surveyor, men and crane with prefabricated wall. GS man with jackhammer. VS men putting together a Dakota aircraft with men taking turns at assemblage in freezing conditions. GS men in snowstorm and plane with initial ANARE in blizzard. VS snow and ice landscape in blizzard.
Access No. 141871 | 2 mins 53 secs | 1960s | Antarctica | © NFSA | Colour |
WS ice landscape in blizzard. Interior shots of mechanics working on generators in power house. High angle track across Antarctic camp buildings after blizzard with snow drifts piled high against walls. GS meteorological equipment on roof of station and CUs equipment reading barometric pressure. VS man reading equipment in outside station and using a sunlight recorder. MS radiosonde transmitter being prepared by weather observer Bill Dick and VS of it being tied to large hydrogen balloon which is released then tracked by optical theodolite. Tilt to balloon against blue sky. CUs man in meteorological hut analysing radio messages received on instrument.
Access No. 141875 | 2 mins 9 secs | 1960s | Antarctica | © NFSA | Colour |
VS meteorologist Neil Stretton preparing weather maps at desk. VS man in radio room transmitting weather information via radio and CUs operations and equipment. Tilt up external radio tower. WS giant Meissen telescope rotating inside cosmic ray laboratory at Mawson. MS physicist John Humble reading radiation levels from recorders and VS of him calculating results on graph. External WS radiophysics laboratory and internal shots of complex meteor radar equipment measuring wind speed. WS snow covered landscape with scattered huts and aerials. CU signal on cathode ray oscilloscope. VS Terry Elkins operating ionosonde measuring electrified gases.
Access No. 141876 | 2 mins 29 secs | 1960s | Antarctica | © NFSA | Colour |
VS auroral laboratory on hilltop overlooking Mawson with VS physicist George Cresswell operating photometer. MS physicist analysing data coming out of machine. CU husky dog barking and GS station staff feeding huskies on chains. MS man carrying crates of food stores into hut from snow. VS man digging up snow and carrying to kitchen hut in blocks for melting for water supply. VS cook working in kitchen cooking bread and serving men at meal table. Pan across camp and VS men sorting rations, repairing sledges and checking aircraft for spring activity. VS loading containers onto plane and aircraft taking off over frozen sea. Good Antarctic scenery shot from flying aircraft. VS crew inside aircraft. GS aircraft on snow and crew unloading.
Access No. 141877 | 5 mins 12 secs | 1960s | Antarctica | © NFSA | Colour |
VS weather observation carried out in snow at advance base sending aloft and tracking a red pilot balloon to establish wind speed. WS optical display in the sky of a solar halo caused by sunlight passing through clouds of ice crystals in lower atmosphere. GS of men digging out tractors covered by snow and VS of men checking vehicles for return journey to base camp. GS men pumping fuel into vehicles and aircraft. VS "Beaver" aircraft taking off from snow. VS Antarctic scenery seen from plane past underside of wing. WS tractor trains and VS of them trekking slowly along snow. Good aerial views of icebergs sea and general snowy landscapes.
Access No. 141878 | 4 mins 10 secs | 1960s | Antarctica | © NFSA | Colour |
Air to air WS of plane flying above Antarctic coastline. CU seal looking out from hole in ice then sinking back into sea. Very good GS of seal pup playing with mother seal's tail flipper. VS seals on ice and GS man playing with pup. High angle track over colony of Adelie penguins. VS of penguins in rookery sitting on eggs and in various poses. GS expedition tractors having trouble with hidden crevasses in snow. VS men using anchor in snow to pull tractor out of crevasse. GS man on cross-country skies probing snow with ice pick to reveal line of crevasse. Tractor train across snow shot from moving train. WS of train across snow. Rear view of tracks on ice.
Access No. 141879 | 3 mins 31 secs | 1960s | Antarctica | © NFSA | Colour |