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September 6, 2017

Penguins in the Early 20th Century: An Amazing Photo Series From the Antarctic Expedition of John King Davis

John King Davis (1884-1967) was an English-born Australian explorer and navigator notable for his work captaining exploration ships in Antarctic waters as well as for establishing meteorological stations on Macquarie Island in the subantarctic and on Willis Island in the Coral Sea.

Born at Kew, Surrey, England, Davis went to sea in 1900 and was appointed Chief Officer of S.Y. Nimrod in 1907, navigating Ernest Shackleton's British Antarctic Expedition of 1907-1909. He was second in command and Master of S.Y. Aurora for Sir Douglas Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914, commanded the Ross Sea Relief Expedition, 1916-1917, and the Discovery for Mawson's British Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition, 1929-1930.

These amazing photos from The State Library of Victoria that he documented activities of penguins from his Antarctic expedition in the early 20th century.


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