A selling exhibition of rare Antarctic photographs, expeditionary artefacts, antique furniture, curios and personal effects from the collections of Sir Douglas Mawson and G.D. Delprat.
196 North Terrace, Adelaide
10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday
Francisca Adriana (Paquita) Delprat (1891–1974) became engaged to the young geologist and explorer Douglas Mawson (1882–1958) in January 1911, and in doing so brought together the families of two of Australia's most significant individuals. Her father, Dutch metallurgist Guillaume Daniel Delprat (1856–1937), was General Manager of Broken Hill Proprietary Company at a crucial moment in its development from colonial silver and lead miner to the global resources behemoth it is today. Her husband was Australia's greatest Antarctic explorer, and one of its most important scientists.
It is our great pleasure to offer here a selection of items, some rare and important, others unusual or curious, but at all times interesting, and with the guaranteed provenance of the Delprat and Mawson families.
Other significant items include rare Antarctic photographs by Frank Hurley, T.W. Edgeworth David and Andrew Watson (among the first images of that part of the continent); and artefacts taken on Mawson's Antarctic expeditions.