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Inside the Hut

Spinning Yarn| Front DoorThere are two parts 
to the building erected
on the windiest place on Earth. The first room is the workroom where lots of preparations were made and projects were undertaken. The second is the living quarters holding the men and their belongings in safety and relative warmth for the duration of their stay.

Entering the main hut is by ducking down through the snow-piled doorway, Watch your head on the way in . The workroom is relatively bare with shelves and alcoves around the walls. Despite the snow and ice that now inhabit the room, there are strategically placed piles of modern equipment here so that the Conservation team has their materials to hand as they work. This is an important Archaeological site and items are catalogued and assessed as they are uncovered and exposed.

The Living room, though now covered knee deep in a blanket of thick icy dirty snow and decorated with the most delicate ice crystals, is much the same as it was when the expeditioners left it back in 1914.

There is the acrid and comforting smell of old dry wood, of magazines and books unread for 100 years, of the warming dampness of semi-melting snow and ice (produced by all of us visitors) combing with the faint musky animal odour of burnt blubber. Breathing in fills your lungs with the Aroma of History. It is an emotional experience.

Spinning Yarn|Hyde ParkThe famous "Hyde Park Corner" of the room, their briefing place, has the name written on the rafters, next to the bunk of Belgrave Ninnis and Xavier Mertz, Mawson’s sledging companions who died on the ice that last trip. History lives in this room...

We see Frank Hurley's Darkroom next to his bunk, marked with his own initials. In fact, each member of the expedition has his name on his bunk. As we visit, we touch nothing. No need for us to disturb the peace and awe of this place.

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OTAGO DAILY TIMES, New Zealand

 

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