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Diaries of Frank Hurley, 1914-1931 [microform]
Bib ID 2563544
Format MicroformMicroform, ManuscriptManuscript
Hurley, Frank, 1885-1962
Access Conditions Available for research. 
Description [1914-1931] 
1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm. 
Full contents
  • 1. Article titled: The Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition
  • 2. Diary: 5/11/1914-31/12/1915
  • 3. Diary: 1/1/1916-4/9/1916
  • 4. Diary: 5/9/1916-25/4/1917
  • 5. Diary: 16/11/1930-19/3/1931 titled: The second voyage of the discovery of Antarctica, 1930-1931 / by Frank Hurley.

Photographer and explorer. James Francis (Frank) Hurley was born in Sydney in 1885. He was educated at the Glebe Public School and later attended lectures at the University of Sydney. He became interested in photography, worked for a postcard business and in 1910 held his first exhibition. In 1911 Douglas Mawson invited Hurley to be the photographer on the Australasian Antarctic Expedition. He took both still photographs and movie film and on his return to Sydney he produced the film Home of the blizzard. In November 1913 he returned to the Antarctic with an expedition to relieve Mawson. In 1914 he joined the Antarctic expedition led by Sir Ernest Shackleton and took the famous photographs of the destruction of the "Endurance". He returned to England in 1916 where he assembled his photographs and produced the film In the grip of polar ice.

In 1917 Hurley joined the Australian Imperial Force as an official photographer and worked in France, Belgium and Palestine. At considerable risk, he photographed the Light Horse during the battle of Jericho. He returned to Australia in 1918 and in the following year joined Ross Smith on the final leg of his flight from England, filming Australia from the air. Between 1920 and 1923 he made two long expeditions to the Torres Strait Islands and Papua and produced both a film and a book with the title Pearls and savages. He made further films in Dutch New Guinea and the Torres Strait Islands, worked as pictorial editor for The Sun (Sydney) and in 1929 returned to the Antarctic with the British, Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition. In the 1930s Hurley worked with the Cinesound studio, as a cameraman and as head of its special documentary unit. During World War II he was official photographer with the AIF in the Middle East, where he remained until 1946. On his return to Australia he published several books of photographs and travelled and lectured. Hurley died in Sydney in 1962.


Microfilm copy of original documents held in the National Library of Australia Manuscripts collection at MS 883.

Reproduction Microfilm. Canberra : National Library of Australia, 19--. 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm. 
Subjects Hurley, Frank, 1885-1962 -- Diaries.  |  Photographers -- Australia -- Diaries.  |  Antarctica -- Description and travel.
Time Coverage 1914-1931 


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