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Tuesday 28 September 2021
6 to 7pm
Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building (Ground floor)
Free, bookings essential

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About the presenter

Mark Pharaoh is Senior Collection Manager, Mawson Centre at the South Australian Museum. Associated with the Mawson Collection since 1993, Mark has curated many exhibitions including on the Braggs, Mawson, the South Magnetic Pole. He has acted as guide, bicycle marshal, lecturer, and camel handler on many ‘expeditions’ inland to the Flinders Ranges and overseas to historic Antarctic and sub-Antarctic sites.

Adjunct Professor Jim Jago is a geologist/palaeontologist and has been at SAIT/University of South Australia since 1971. His main fields of research have been on the Cambrian faunas and geology of Tasmania, South Australia, Northern Victoria, Antarctica and participated in two Antarctic expeditions in 1974/5 and 1981/82.

Convenor: Emma McEwin has a BA and honours degree in English literature, and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide, where she also teaches. Her research interests include biography and polar exploration and bringing lesser-known lives to light. She is the author of two books, An Antarctic Affair (2008), and The Many Lives of Douglas Mawson (2018).

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Drawing on the lesser-known desert diaries of Sir Douglas Mawson, speakers Mark Pharoah and Jim Jago will discuss the interesting contrasts with his exploration of Antarctica and observations of the unique geologically rich region of the Northern Flinders. This session will consider how Mawson's diaries, and papers donated by Paquita Mawson to the State Library, give us insight into this acclaimed scientist and explorer.

The speakers will also discuss the establishment of a new trail in the footsteps of Mawson in Arkaroola.

"I have gone through three of Mawson’s diaries to date and following his geological notes and photos, I believe there is an exceptional opportunity to provide a drive and hike (or combined) Mawson Trail on Arkaroola. There is hard evidence and additional literature that could pad out the knowledge and experience of the modern person who chooses to 'follow in the footsteps of Mawson'."

~ Stephen Hore, Senior Geologist, Geological Survey of SA, Department for Energy and Mining.

Read more about the richness of Mawson's diaries.

Presented by the Nature Festival and proudly supported by the State Library of South Australia.

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Image: Outback track at Arkaroola, Flinders Ranges, South Australia. Credit: John White Photos / Getty Images.

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