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Mawson | Delprat - FREE Exhibition of Antarctic Photographs & Artefacts

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A selection of rare, important, unusual & curious items
Charles Harrisson: 'Erecting Tents in a Blizzard'. An evocative original oil painting by the biologist and artist on Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914. The painting was given to Sir Douglas Mawson and his wife Paquita (née Francisca Adriana Delprat) as a present for their wedding on 31 March 1914.

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.

Exhibition 16–27 September 2019

196 North Terrace, Adelaide

10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday

Frank Hurley: 'A Blizzard'. This classic image shows assistant medical officer Leslie Whetter and assistant collector John Close cutting ice for use in the nearby Winter Quarters on Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914.

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.

A very large and impressive Dutch rosewood veneer and carved oak 'rankenkast' ('tendril cabinet') or armoire, dating from the second half of the seventeenth century, once owned by Sir Douglas and Lady Paquita Mawson.

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.

Frank Hurley: A photograph of SY 'Discovery' under full sail during the BANZARE voyages, 1929-1931. Hurley can be seen in the crow's nest holding the pole on which the camera is mounted.

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.

A pair of long cream woollen socks belonging to Douglas Mawson (with his initials in ink on each sole) and said to have been worn by him on the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914, during which he was the only survivor of the Far Eastern sledging expedition.

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When: 16-27 September 2019
Where: Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers, 196 North Terrace Ground floor, Adelaide SA 5000
Cost: Admission Free
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