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Beyond the heroic stereotype: Sidney Jeffryes and the mythologising of Australian Antarctic history


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Leane, E ORCID: 0000-0002-7954-6529, Maddison, B and Norris, K ORCID: 0000-0003-3661-2749 2019 , 'Beyond the heroic stereotype: Sidney Jeffryes and the mythologising of Australian Antarctic history' , Australian Humanities Review, vol. 64, no. May , pp. 1-23 .

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In 2010 the Australian Antarctic Names and Medals Committee announced that it had named a glacier near Commonwealth Bay in East Antarctica in honour of Sidney Jeffryes. Jeffryes was a member of Douglas Mawson’s Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE), 1911-14, and the decision to attach his name to an Antarctic feature, coming just before the centenary of the AAE’s departure, reflected a gradual historical revisionism around the expedition occurring at this time. Seeking to ‘honour … historically significant figures … whose contributions [to the AAE] have not yet been recognised’, the Committee also attached the names of two other previously ignored members of the expedition to glaciers (AG, ‘Australian Antarctic Glaciers Named’). In 2017 this approach was extended to include the non-human, when 26 islands, rocks and reefs around the site of the AAE headquarters were named in honour of the ‘beloved dogs, which played a critical role in Australia’s heroic era of exploration’ (AG, ‘Mawson’s Huskies’). After nearly a century of focus on the ‘Great Man’ of Australian Antarctic history—Mawson—the criteria for significance were beginning to broaden.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Leane, E and Maddison, B and Norris, K
Keywords: Australian Antarctic history and historiography, Australian Antarctic expedition, Sidney Jeffryes, Douglas Mawson, exploration history and memorialization
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Humanities Review
Publisher: Australian National University
ISSN: 1325-8338
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