Few of us will ever get the chance to visit Antarctica. By exploring the Library's Antarctica collection you can uncover the fascinating history of discovery and exploration of the Southern Ocean, the subantarctic islands and the frozen continent.

Experience heroic feats and discover the triumph and tragedy of the Antarctic story as you explore the collection.


Antarctica: early adventures

The great continent of Antarctica has been a source of fascination for Europeans for thousands of years.

Antarctica: Frank Hurley

Hurley's Antarctica uncovers the Library's spectacular collections by Frank Hurley - one of the finest photographers to take a camera to Antarctica.

Antarctica: modern adventures

Modern Antarctic Adventures documents the important role that Australia has played in the exploration and settlement of Antarctica in the modern era.

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