Thursday, 29 May 2014

Mawsons Huts Replica Museum School Tours

Contact: Michelle Berry, Mawsons Huts Replica Museum
p: 1300 551 422   e:

Date: Available any time          RSVP: on going
Location: Hobart Waterfront

Intended Audience: Primary School Children

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 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 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 $8. Forty mins 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.