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Dogs, Meat and Douglas Mawson


Leane, E and Tiffin, HM, Dogs, Meat and Douglas Mawson, Australian Humanities Review, 51, (November) pp. 185-199. ISSN 1835-8063 (2011) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.22459/AHR.51.2011.10


When the Aurora, the ship used to convey the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE), left London on the first leg of its journey in late July 1911, its departure was accompanied by an unsettling sound. One of those on board, Lieutenant B.E.S. Ninnis, described the event evocatively: ‘No soul but a solitary dock policeman witnessed our departure, and although noise we had in plenty, it did not originate from the enthusiastic outpourings of a patriotic populace, but from the forty-eight Greenland sledge dogs, which swarmed about our decks and made the sultry July night hideous with [their] din … as they voiced their protest at the unaccustomed heat and confinement’ (1). Although unusual, the accompaniment was not inappropriate, for dogs were to play a pivotal role in the expedition, and six of them would die alongside Ninnis the following year.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Leane, E (Professor Elizabeth Leane)
ID Code:72932
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2011-09-05
Last Modified:2021-03-17

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