Three early Australian explorers

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Australia’s status and influence in the Antarctic Treaty System is founded on its early record in science and exploration. In the period before the Treaty, three Australian explorers were particularly notable – Douglas Mawson, John King Davis and George Hubert Wilkins. In December 1928, Davis praised Wilkins (who had just completed the first flight in Antarctica) by quoting the poet John Milton:
‘Whom shall we send in search of this new world, whom shall we find sufficient?’ Mawson, Davis and Wilkins each presented themselves as men ‘sufficient’ to search the new world of the Antarctic, and committed significant parts of their lives to doing so. Their physical and intellectual relationship with the Antarctic became the defining aspect of their lives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAustralia and the Antarctic Treaty System
Subtitle of host publication50 years of influence
EditorsMarcus Haward, Tom Griffiths
PublisherUNSW Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)1742245803
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

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