John H. Blair

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John H. Blair (born 1887) was a Scottish sailor. During his early career, he worked aboard the Loch Line, which operated between Britain and Australia. He then joined a Melbourne shipping company, and worked the Australia-India trade.[1] From 1913–14, Blair served as Chief Officer aboard the SY Aurora, under John King Davis, during the final Antarctic voyage of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE).[2][3] He later became Chief Executive Officer of Pangbourne Nautical College.[1]

The Blair Islands, in Commonwealth Bay in Antarctica, were named after him by AAE Commander Douglas Mawson.[4]


  1. ^ a b "People of Aurora: John H. Blair". Mawson's Huts Foundation. Australian Antarctic Division. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-03-21. 
  2. ^ Davis, John King (1919), With the "Aurora" in the Antarctic, 1911-1914, London: A. Melrose, p. 170 
  3. ^ 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 
  4. ^ "Blair Islands". Australian Antarctic Data Centre. Australian Antarctic Division. Retrieved 2011-03-21.