Australian Antarctic Division Display

The Australian Antarctic Division leads Australia's Antarctic Program. As an agency of the Department of the Environment and Water Resources, our charter is to ensure Australia's Antarctic interests are advanced. The Australian Antarctic Program has four goals:

1: Maintain the Antarctic Treaty System and enhancing Australia's influence in it;

2: Protect the Antarctic environment;

3: Understand the role of Antarctica in the global climate system;

4: Undertake scientific work of practical, economic and national significance.

The AAD Library has a broad collection of books, journals, historic reports, photos and artefacts relating to ANARE History (Australian National Antartic Research Expeditions), and has a small public display area which is free to access. Many items from the Library Special Collection are currently on long term loan to TMAG, (Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery) for the Islands to Ice Exhibition in Hobart.


The public display area contains examples of current scientific research being undertaken in Antarctica. Also many Antarctic artworks are on display, (resulting from the AAD Arts Fellowship Scheme). There is also a small historic display featuring Australian Antarctic Stations, Antarctic shipping and logistics, huskies, radio communications, an original sledge from the Mawson era, 1911-14, a 'dress up' box of Antarctic expeditioner clothing for visitors, live web cam connection to the Australian Antarctic Stations (Casey, Davis & Mawson). Also many assorted artefacts from early antarctic expeditions.