Mawson and Scott: The Great Antarctic Explorers

  • Robert Falcon Scott Was Born

    Robert Falcon Scott Was Born
    Robert Falcon Scott was born to John and Hannah Scott in Outlands, Plymouth, England.
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    Robert Falcon Scott

  • Douglas Mawson Was Born

    Douglas Mawson Was Born
    Douglas Mawson was born in Yorkshire, England but moved to Australia slightly after his birth.
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    Douglas Mawson

  • Scott joins HMS Boadicea

    Scott joins HMS Boadicea
    Scott boarded his first sea going vessle, he served as a shipman for 2 years. He earned about 30 pounds a year.
  • Scott Applied To Be The Commander Of The Antarctic Expedition

    Scott Applied To Be The Commander Of The Antarctic Expedition
    Scott met Clements Markham who told him about the planned Antarctica Expedition. Two days later he wrote applying to command it, he had no real urge to experience the ice, cold or adventure. The only reaseon he had applied was because he had grown restless in the navy,
  • Scott Is Appointed Commander Of The Antarctic Expedition

    Scott Is Appointed Commander Of The Antarctic Expedition
    After putting in his application to become the commander, Scott went off on the HMS Majestic for almost a year before he recieved conformation of his role.
  • Scott Begins His Discovery Expedition To Antarctica

    Scott Begins His Discovery Expedition To Antarctica
    With much fanfare, Scott's Discovery Expedition was aunder way. Stopping briefly to correct it's compass it was off to Cape Town and then to Lyttleton, New Zealand before enbarcing apon their final leg of the trip to Antarctica.
  • Mawson Graduates From Sydney University

    Mawson Graduates From Sydney University
    After studying Mining Engineering for two years at Sydney University, Mawson graduated and he was appointed as the head of the junior chemistry department.
  • Discovery Sails Home

    Discovery Sails Home
    After years of successful scientific research and exploration, the Discovery finally reached home after getting stuck in ice and having to be repared for two months in New Zealand.
  • Mawson Moves To Adelaide

    Mawson Moves To Adelaide
    Mawson was appointed as a lecturer of minerology and petrology at the University of Adelaide. It was here that he became interested in the glacial geology of South Australia, spurring his interest in Antarctica.
  • Mawson Joins The Nimrod Expedition

    Mawson Joins The Nimrod Expedition
    Ernest Shackleton's British Antarctic Expedition (Nimrod Expedition for short) had signed Edgeworth David, a former lecturer of Mawson's sugested him for the expedition.
  • Mawson Reaches South Magnetic Pole

    Mawson Reaches South Magnetic Pole
    With his partner Mackay, Mawson was the first ever person to reach the 1909 South Magnetic Pole.
  • Nimrod Exoedition Comes To A Close

    Nimrod Exoedition Comes To A Close
    Shackleton arrived in London on the Nimrod at this date, no official date has been stated for when Mawson himself arrived back in Adelaide. After his return, Mawson returned to his work at the University.
  • Scott's Terra Nova Departs Cardiff

    Scott's Terra Nova Departs Cardiff
    After marrying and having a child, his only son Peter Scott. Scott decided to go on another expedition. This was names The Terra Nova expedition and went to Cape Town, Melbourne and New Zealand before reaching Antarctice.
  • Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition Begins

    Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition Begins
    Mawson first asked Scott whether he was able to take three men down to Antarctica on the Terra Nova, they were unable to do so. Scott asked Mawson to join the Terra Nova Expedition, Mawson declined as he was more interested in scientific exploration.
  • The Polar Party Reaches South Pole

    The Polar Party Reaches South Pole
    It is registered that at 6:30pm Scott and his explorers reached the South Pole for the first time.
  • News Of Scott's Death Reaches London

    News Of Scott's Death Reaches London
    After Scott, Bowers, Wilson, Evans and Oates were found dead by a search party on the 12th of November 1912 it finally reached London and their families the next year. They are thought to have died sometime around the 29th March 1912.
  • Mawson Finally Returns Home

    Mawson Finally Returns Home
    On a trip to the far east of antarctica, one of the men on the expedition went missing on a sled down a crevise. After this, Mawson and his companion struggled to stay alive and ended up eating their dogs. Mertz died and by the time Mawson got back to the main base the boat had been and gone. Mawson and a small search team were stranded in Antarctica for a year longer than planned.
  • Mawson joins WW1

    Mawson joins WW1
    Mawson was knighted in 1914 for his efforts on the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, he then applied to join the army and serve in a scientific capacity. He served for the country until the end of the war.
  • Mawson Dies In His Home

    Mawson Dies In His Home
    Mawson passed away after a cerebral haemorrhage in his home in South Australia. Between the war and his death Mawson returned to his employment at the Adelaide University.