Collection M17 - Sir Douglas Mawson's proclamation

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Sir Douglas Mawson's proclamation


  • 1931 (Creation)

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1 photograph (reduced copy of original document.)

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Sir Douglas Mawson (5 May 1882–14 October 1958) was an Australian geologist, Antarctic explorer, and academic. Along with Roald Amundsen, Robert Falcon Scott, and Ernest Shackleton, he was a key expedition leader during the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. The Mawson Station in the Australian Antarctic Territory is named in his honour. For more information see

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Donated by Senator R. C. Wright

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Facsimile copy of Sir Douglas Mawson’s proclamation of British sovereign rights over the territory of King George II Land and Oates Land between latitude 660 S. and the South Pole. Dated 5 January 1931.
The original document was buried under rocks in the Antarctic for 46 years. It has now been restored by the National Library of Australia, Canberra.

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact

When reusing this material, please cite the reference number and provide the following acknowledgement:
“Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections”

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LG 10/10/18




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