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The Home of the Blizzard : An Australian Hero's Classic Tale of Antarctic Discovery and Adventure - Sir Douglas Mawson

The Home of the Blizzard

An Australian Hero's Classic Tale of Antarctic Discovery and Adventure

Paperback Published: 15th September 2010
ISBN: 9781862548763
Number Of Pages: 438

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The Home of the Blizzard is a tale of discovery and adventure, of pioneering deeds, great courage, heart-stopping rescues and heroic endurance. This is Mawson's own account of his years spent in sub-zero temperatures and gale-force winds.

At its heart is the epic journey of 1912-13, during which both his companions perished. Told in a laconic but gripping style, this is the classic account of the struggle for survival of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition - a journey which mapped more of Antarctica than any expedition before or since.

The photographs included in this book were taken on the journey by Frank Hurley, later to achieve fame on Sir Ernest Shackleton's Endurance expedition.

About the Author

Sir Douglas Mawson (1882-1958), geologist and explorer, was born on 5 May 1882 at Shipley, Yorkshire, England, second son of Robert Ellis Mawson, a cloth merchant from a farming background, and his wife Margaret Ann, née Moore, from the Isle of Man. The family moved to Rooty Hill, near Sydney, in 1884. Douglas was educated at Rooty Hill and at Fort Street Model School in Sydney. At the University of Sydney in 1899-1901 he studied mining engineering and graduated B.E. in 1902 when he was appointed as a junior demonstrator in chemistry.

Industry Reviews

'One of the greatest accounts of polar survival in history.' - Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Story that deserves to be read


If you are fascinated by the true 'age of exploration' in the Antarctic, this book will be a good read. Mawson is an overlooked explorer/researcher. I am a dedicated 'Scott-a-phile' and this story added to my understanding of ohers who were 'experiencing the extremes' and making a contribution to Antarctic understanding

Wellington, New Zealand


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ISBN: 9781862548763
ISBN-10: 1862548765
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 438
Published: 15th September 2010
Publisher: Wakefield Press Pty, Limited
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.5  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.65
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised