Charles Francis Laseron
|Charles Francis Laserson|
Laseron (right) with Percy Correll, another member of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition
December 6, 1887|
Manitowoc, Wisconsin, United States
|Died||June 27, 1959
Concord, New South Wales, Australia
|Known for||part of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition|
Early life and education
Laseron was born on 6 December 1887 at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, United States of America, to English parents the Reverend David Laseron, and his wife Frances, née Bradley. After relocating temporarily to London in 1888, the family migrated to Australia in January 1891. In 1892 his father was accidentally shot, causing lasting health problems for Rev. Laseron who resigned his post in Sydney three years later and then moved his family to Lithgow, New South Wales where he was given charge of the parish.
Charles attended St Andrew's Cathedral School as scholar and chorister and later studied at Sydney Technical College where he was awarded the diploma in geology. He was employed by the Technological Museum in July 1906 and published a series of papers.
Australian Antarctic Expedition
He was a member of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition under (Sir) Douglas Mawson. He travelled with Frank Hurley, Bob Bage, Eric Webb, Herbert Murphy and John Hunter. The group travelled by sledge, departing their base camp on 10 November 1912. Murphy, Hunter and Laseron were the support party for Hurley, Bage and Webb, and turned back on 22 November 1912 after setting up a supply depot.
Following the outbreak of World War I, Laseron enlisted in the First Australian Imperial Force on 9 September 1914. He sailed from Melbourne in December 1914 on the SS Ulysses. Laseron served with the 13th Battalion in the Gallipoli Campaign, being wounded on 27 April 1915 at Anzac Cove. After spending three months in hospital in England he was discharged as medically unfit.
Laseron returned to work at the museum after his discharge, working in the geology department and later in applied art. He campaigned unsuccessfully for the establishment of a formal collection, and resigned in 1929 to set up his own business as an antique-dealer and auctioneer. He served again during World War II as a map reading instructor but was discharged as medically unfit due to illness in 1944.
- An Autobiography, Sydney, 1904
- From Australia to the Dardanelles, 1916
- South with Mawson, 1947
- The Face of Australia, 1953
- Ancient Australia, 1954
- Vallance, T. G. "Laseron, Charles Francis (Carl) (1887–1959)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
- "Mr. Walker, M.L.A., to be sued by Rev. Mr. Laseron.". The Evening News. Sydney: National Library of Australia. 17 November 1892. p. 3. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
- "The Rev. David Laseron.". Goulburn Evening Penny Post. NSW: National Library of Australia. 20 June 1895. p. 3. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
- "Sledging Party 1912". Discover Collections. State Library of NSW. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
- Charles Francis Laseron personal diary (transcript)
- "Laseron diary, December 23, 1914-April 29, 1915 / Charles Francis Laseron". Catalogue. State Library of NSW. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
- Laseron diary, December 23, 1914-April 29, 1915 / Charles Francis Laseron held at State Library of New South Wales, accessed 23 November 2013.