Clarence Petersen de la Motte

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[1]Clarence Petersen de la Motte (born 1892, date of death unknown), commonly C. P. de la Motte, was a sailor originally from Bulli, New South Wales. During his early career, he served aboard the New Zealand barque Northern Chief and the steamship Warrimoo.[2] From 1911 to 1914, during the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, he served as Third Officer aboard the SY Aurora, under John King Davis.[3][4] Expedition Commander Douglas Mawson named Cape De la Motte, in George V Land, after him.[5] De la Motte joined the Aurora again in 1916, and served as First Officer during the rescue of the Ross Sea component of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, for which he was later awarded the Polar Medal.[2]


  1. ^ Clarence Petersen de la Motte was one of very few men worldwide who received two Polar Medals. Ref: Australian Antarctic Division.
  2. ^ a b "People of Aurora: Clarence Petersen de la Motte". Australian Antarctic Division. Australian Antarctic Division. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  3. ^ Davis, John King (1919), With the "Aurora" in the Antarctic, 1911-1914, London: A. Melrose, p. 170 
  4. ^ Mawson, Douglas (1996) [1915], The home of the blizzard: the story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914, Kent Town, South Australia: Wakefield Press, p. 8, ISBN 978-1-86254-377-5 
  5. ^ "Cape De La Motte". Australian Antarctic Data Centre. Australian Antarctic Division. Retrieved 2011-03-19.