Western Base party
The Western Base Party was a successful exploration party of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition. The eight-man Western Party was deposited by the Aurora on the Shackleton Ice Shelf at Queen Mary Land. The leader of the team was Frank Wild and the party included the geologist Charles Hoadley.
The party established the Queen Mary Land Station. An early setback was the destruction of the radio mast in the first blizzard. Severe weather impeded activities as did dangerous crevices. The team sent an expedition to into Kaiser Wilhelm II Land.
The party had no supplies for a second winter. The Western Base Party was collected on February 23, 1913 by the Aurora, with no loss of life.
The Western Base Party made a number of discoveries including;
- Adams Island
- Bay of Winds
- Cape Penck
- Cape Hoadley
- Cape Hordern
- Denman Glacier
- Pobeda Ice Island
- Farr Bay (discovered in November 1912)
- Henderson Island (discovered in August 1912)
- Hippo Island
- Scott Glacier
- Mount Sandow
- Mount Amundsen
Drygalski Island was first sited by the Western Base Party but it wasn't until the return voyage of Australasian Antarctic Expedition that the island was accurately identified.
- "Douglas Mawson 1882-1958". Retrieved 2008-06-02.
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