Blog post from Friday, 25 September, 2015

First Australasian Antarctic Expedition (1911-1914) by State Library of New South Wales
Via Flickr:

This week we commemorate two milestones over on Flickr Commons.

First, 30 September is our seventh birthday on the Commons – we’ve been uploading selected images from our photographic collections to Flickr Commons since 2008. Now, we have over 2 600 images, arranged into 100 thematic albums.

Second, we’ve recently passed 29 million views of our images on Flickr Commons. That’s a lot.

Thank you to everyone who has viewed, used, commented on and enjoyed our photographs. We love them, and it looks like you do too.

To celebrate, we’ll be sharing seven of our images or albums from the Commons in a seven day countdown to our 30 September birthday.

Number two

First Australasian Antarctic Expedition album - because it is the most viewed album we have shared.

In 1911 a group of scientists and adventurers left Hobart under the leadership of Dr Douglas Mawson. They were bound for Macquarie Island and the then unknown parts of Antarctica. The scientists of the expedition produced information that later made an major contribution to knowledge of the region. The exploration of new lands established precedence to claims, formalised in 1936 as the Australian Antarctic Territory. Although James Francis (Frank) Hurley was the official photographer to the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, other members of the expedition also took photographs.