Women in Antartica Blog Series


At the tail end of December in 1959 Mary Gillham and 3 other female scientists became the first British and Australian females to join a research trip in the Antarctic. The likelihood of females joining future research trips would depend on the success of these ground-breaking women. The below blogs retell the story of Dr Gillham's journey to Macquarie Island.


Post 1: Cracking the Antartic

Post 2: Leaving Melbourne for Macquarie

Post 3: Southward: 18th & 19th December 1959

Post 4: All About Macquarie Island

Post 5: Still heading South!

Post 6: Exploitation

Post 7: December 22nd

Post 8: December 23rd

Post 9: December 24th

Post 10: Macquarie Island’s 1959 Mary Christmas

Post 11: Mary’s Last Full Day on Maquarie Island

Post 12: Leaving Macquarie

Post 13: Explorers

Post 14: Homeward Bound

Post 15: The fauna and flora of Macquarie Island in December 1959

Post 16: New Year’s Eve: From Mary’s Diary

Post 17: New Year’s Day 1960

Post 18: Macquarie After Mary

Post 19: Women in Antarctica


For more blog posts by the Mary Gillham Archive Project, take a look at the Wordpress site.