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AUSTRALIAN: 1911 Mawson Expedition cover with 'LOOSE SHIP'S LETTER/POSTED IN/ANTARCTICA/ [penguin]/SY AURORA/AAE' cachet overstruck with 'AUSTRALASIAN ANTARCTIC/EXPEDITION 1911/("JK Davis")/COMMANDER OF SHIP', to JJ Kinsey in New Zealand with Tasmanian 1d & Hobart cds of 11MAR13.
"Aurora" returned to Antarctica in December 1912 to collect Douglas Mawson & his party. However, Mawson with Xavier Mertz & Belgrave Ninnes had set off in the same month on the Far Eastern Expedition. 300 miles out, Ninnis fell to his death in a crevasse, taking with him most of the group's food. The others turned back, supplementing their meagre rations with meat from their dogs. When Mertz also died, Mawson used a pocket-saw to cut his sled in half & dragged it the final 100 miles. The return trek took 55 days. He arrived to see the "Aurora" departing for Hobart! A rescue team of 6 left behind to search for the trio nursed Mawson back to health. They were picked up on the "Aurora's" return on 12/12/1913! By then, the radio operator had "lost his marbles". John King Davis was captain of the "Aurora" and Mawson's second-in-command.
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AUSTRALIAN: 1959 Pictorials 5d to 2/3d SG 2-5 x100 sets mostly in blocks, unmounted. Retail $1500.