Frank HURLEY, Victoria penguin and nest Enlarge 1 /1


Australia 1885 – 1962

Victoria penguin and nest c.1913 Description: W 568
Materials & Technique: photographs, carbon photograph

Dimensions: printed image 45.5 h x 33.5 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1992
Accession No: NGA 92.1387

Hurley made many studies of Antarctic wildlife, for which he showed a real affinity – as can be seen in this study of a Southern Rockhopper Penguin. Subsequently featuring in lantern slide lectures, reproduced in books and included in his 1913 film, Home of the blizzard, images and footage of Antarctic fauna fed the popular imagination as well as contributing to scientific knowledge. This would be an interest that he would continue to pursue throughout his career. In his record of the expedition, Mawson noted: ‘Hurley obtained some excellent photographs of the seals and penguins, as of all other subjects. So good were they that most of us withdrew from competition’.

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