Frank Hurley is best known today as a photographer and film maker. His major documentary films include The Home of the Blizzard, In the Grip of the Polar Pack Ice, Sir Ross Smiths Flight and Pearls and Savages, while his photographs of Douglas Mawsons Australasian Antarctic Expedition, Ernest Shackletons Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition and the two World Wars have been so widely exhibited and reproduced that in many cases they are the principal means by which we have come to see those world-historical events. Yet there is another source, so far little known to the public, which also gives us a startling sense of the presence of the past: it is Hurleys voluminous manuscript diaries, only brief extracts from which have so far been published. Originally written in the field in Antarctica, South Georgia, England, France, the Middle East, Papua and Australia, and later raided and revised for his many publications and stage performances, they have survived years of world travel and are now carefully preserved in the archives of the National Library of Australia in Canberra and the Mitchell Library in Sydney. This illustrated edition of his diaries presents Frank Hurley in his own words, explores his testimony to these significant events, and reviews the part he played in imagining them for an international public.
Diaries of Frank Hurley 1912-1941