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Australia In Antarctica

Wed 13 Oct, 2021, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

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Zoom Presentation: Wednesday,1100, 13th. October 2021


The cessation of World War II hostilities prompted the Commonwealth Government to establish a permanent base in the Australian Antarctic Territory and assert sovereignty. The ensuing search for a suitable expedition vessel resulted in the complete overhaul of an old polar favourite, Lincoln Ellsworth’s reliable and trustworthy vessel M/V Wyatt Earp. Plagued by a litany of problems during the 1947–1948 Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition, her 36-strong crew showed commendable resilience, turning a potential disaster-in-the-making into the Navy’s first and only successful polar research expedition

Presenter: Richard de Grijs

Richard de Grijs is an acclaimed academic and prolific public speaker. Born and raised in the Netherlands, his successful career in astronomy and astrophysics has allowed him to enjoy vibrant research environments at the University of Virginia (USA), the Universities of Cambridge and Sheffield (UK) and Peking University in Beijing, China. Richard joined Macquarie University (Sydney) in 2018 as Associate Dean (International) and Professor of Astrophysics. He received the 2012 Selby Award for excellence in science from the Australian Academy of Science, a 2017 Erskine Award from the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) and a 2017 Jan Michalski Award from the Michalski Foundation (Switzerland). Richard is a passionate and popular speaker on topics related to astronomy, astrophysics and the history of maritime science and navigation.

Date and Time: 1100, Wednesday 13th. October 2021 (Sydney time)
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Wed 13 Oct, 2021
11:00 am - 1:30 pm
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Naval Historical Society of Australia
02 9537 0035
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