Introduction and materials

Sir Douglas Mawson wearing a woollen balaclava
Sir Douglas Mawson

'Exploring' imparts some Antarctic history by focusing on Antarctic 'heroes' and getting students to appreciate the importance of Australia's long-standing involvement in the Antarctic. Students will explore the history of people in Antarctica, particularly Australians.

  • When did people first explore the Antarctic? Who were those early expeditioners and what sort of hazards did they face?
  • Why do people go to the Antarctic now?
  • How long have Australians been associated with Antarctica?

The activities explore the human thirst for adventure and exploration, and trace the history of humankind's involvement in the Antarctic.

Materials

Useful information - books, videos, websites and places to visit - is listed in the references and resources section.

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