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Series 01: Frank Hurley sledging diary, 10 Nov. 1912 - 10 Jan. 1913, kept while a member of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914, together with an edited typescript transcript10 Nov. 1912 - 10 Jan. 1913
Transcript:snow. We pitched camp at midnight tired out, yet contented that we had covered another 14¼ miles towards our goal. As we passed sledged over the plateau toward midnight the sun low sun seemed to change the whole surface to a delicate French grey, the high sastrugi, that caught the full gleam of light being white. The effect combined with absolute calm & unearthly stillness was seemed to be a vast necropolis. The temperature is still falling. When we pitched camp it was 50 degrees below freezing pt. Total mileage 256¼ miles. (My lead during the day.) Lowest Temp. -21 At 3 o’clock we crossed the 70th parallel (indecipherable).