Thursday, 6 March 2014

Mawson's Huts Replica Museum

Contact: Michelle Berry, Mawson's Huts Replica Museum
p: 1300 551 422 or 0422 923 713   e: manager@mawsons-huts.org.au
w: www.mawsons-huts-replica.org.au

Date: School bookings available any time    
Location: Hobart

Intended Audience: Primary school children from Grade 1 up

The Mawson's Huts Replica Museum is an exact replica of the historic huts at Cape Denison, Antarctica, which were used as the main base for two years by the 1911-14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition led by Douglas Mawson. The Museum has been built to help generate funds for the ongoing  conservation of the huts and to provide a class room for students to learn about the history of Mawson, the work of his expedition and the current work now undertaken by Australia in the Antarctic.

Experienced guides will take students through the replica explaining details about men who lived in the hut, what they achieved, how they lived and survived, about the husky dogs they used (there are stuffed huskies in the replica) and Australia's current role in the Antarctic. Students will be able to try on clothing the men wore, see the bunks they slept in, the stove they cooked on, a sledge they used and see film clips taken during 1911-14.

The replica museum has been built  with timber from the same source in northern Finland as the material, of exactly the same dimension and imported into Australia by the same company which supplied the huts to Mawson over 100 years ago.

The guides will also explain how Mawson claimed for Australia 42 per cent of the Antarctic territory and how the weather there determines helps determine the weather here.

Charges are $4 per students, one teacher per 10 students free while accompanying parents will pay $10.

Forty minutes should be allowed for each party of 20. By paying a small fee to see the museum students and parents will be making a donation toward the conservation of the birthplace of Australia’s Antarctic history.