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The Adelie Blizzard: the Australasian Antarctic Expedition's neglected newspaper


Leane, E, The Adelie Blizzard: the Australasian Antarctic Expedition's neglected newspaper, Polar Record, 41, (216) pp. 11-20. ISSN 0032-2474 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0032247404003973


To prevent boredom and restlessness during early Arctic and Antarctic over-wintering expeditions, leaders often encouraged 'cultural' activities, one of the most successful of which was the production of newspapers. Expedition members contributed poetry, short fiction, and literary criticism as well as scientific articles and accounts of their daily activities. These newspapers provide an important insight into the experiences and attitudes of the men who took part in the expeditions. In some cases, the newspaper would be published on the expedition's return, as a means of publicity, fund-raising, and memorialisation. The most famous example is the South Polar Times, the newspaper produced by Robert Falcon Scott's two expeditions. Other polar newspapers remain unpublished and unexamined. This article focuses on the Adelie Blizzard, the newspaper of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-14, led by Douglas Mawson. Despite Mawson's efforts, the Adelie Blizzard was never published, and is rarely discussed in any detail in accounts of the expedition. The aim of this article is to address this neglect, by examining the genesis, production and attempted publication of the Adelie Blizzard.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary studies
Research Field:Australian literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature)
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Literature
UTAS Author:Leane, E (Professor Elizabeth Leane)
ID Code:37891
Year Published:2005
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP0449938)
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:English, Journalism and European Languages
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2010-06-09

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