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Commonwealth Government Records about Tasmania

Appendix F: Antarctica records

Records of the Australian Antarctic Division located in Hobart

Multimedia section

The multimedia collections include:

  • more than 137,500 colour transparencies covering the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition (ANARE) period 1947 to 2000
  • more than 70,000 b & w negatives covering ANARE period 1947 to 1990
  • 1647 Betacam, MiniDV tapes and DVDs of film vision covering the period 1947 to 2010; 2011 to 2012 is held digitally
  • digital database of 158,850 images covering 1947 to the present of more than 621 locations in Antarctica. This database is currently available via the intranet only
  • a small historical collection of original photographic prints, the core of which is the John King Davis Collection.

Requests can be made via

Australian Antarctic Division Library

The Library collections include:

  • John Bechervaise diaries
  • ANARE Jubilee oral transcripts
  • RAAF Antarctic logs 1954–63
  • Scientific reports: HMS Challenger
  • Scientific reports: HMS Discovery
  • Ship log books (Wyatt Earp and Aurora Australis)
  • Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911–14: scientific reports.

Microfiche copies (of originals in the National Archives' collection) of station logs and reports, and field reports are held for Casey (1969–74); Davis (1957–70); Heard Island (1947–63); Macquarie Island (1948–70); Mawson (1954–66); and Wilkes (1956–68).

Station logs and reports, and field reports are stored in the Library in either electronic or hard copy for Heard Island (1971– ); Macquarie Island (1974– ); Davis (1971– ); Casey (1971– ); and Mawson (1967– ).

The Library is open to researchers by appointment only: