A fine album recording Mawson's BANZ Antarctic Research Expedition. Sir Douglas Mawson organised and led the British, Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition (BANZARE) during the summers of 1929-31 to explore the region of Antarctica directly south of Australia. The expedition had political intent as Mawson was concerned with national claims being made on Antarctic territory, in particular the French claim on a slice of land directly south of Australia. Mawson urged Australia to assert its rights and an official expedition was organised to protect commonwealth interests in the Australian quadrant. Ostensibly a scientific expedition, it was in effect a grab for territory: MacRobertson Land and Princess Elizabeth Land were discovered and later became Australian Antarctic Territory.
Hurley, who had been with Mawson on AAE, 1911-13 accompanied the expedition as photographer and cinematographer.