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The Ice Men
Code: 170  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: , Biography & Memoir, Science & Environment, History
Saturday, May 19 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Heather Rossiter, Peter FitzSimons AM, Richard Glover (facilitator)
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In 1911 the Australian Douglas Mawson led an expedition to explore the vast virgin tract of Antarctica at the same time that Scott and Amundsen were making their separate dashes to be the first to reach the South Pole. The hardship and tragedies of these three expeditions make for almost unbearable reading. Peter FitzSimons’s Mawson and the Ice Men of the Heroic Age: Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen and Mawson’s Forgotten Men edited by Heather Rossiter both make compelling reading. They talk to Richard Glover.

Peter FitzSimons AM (Australian)

Peter FitzSimons is a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald. He is also a regular TV commentator and former radio presenter. Peter is the author of over 20 books including Tobruk, Kokoda, Batavia and six biographies, and is Australia's biggest-selling nonfiction author of the last 10 years. His latest book is Mawson. Peter was named a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the community and to literature as a biographer, sports journalist and commentator. Peter serves on the board of Sydney Writers’ Festival.

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Richard Glover (Australian)

Richard Glover is the author of 11 books including Why Men Are Necessary and The Mud House. He presents the Drive show on 702 ABC Sydney and his popular column has been published in The Sydney Morning Herald for more than 20 years. He is also the author of Desperate Husbands, In Bed with Jocasta and The Dag's Dictionary.

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Heather Rossiter (Australian)

Heather Rossiter was a research scientist in the US and UK, teacher and vine-grower in Australia. Her articles, book reviews and travel pieces have appeared in Australian and international publications. She was research consultant to the documentary, Mawson: Life and death in Antarctica. Her book, Lady Spy, Gentleman Explorer: The life of Herbert Dyce Murphy, was shortlisted for the ISA Book Award 2002. Heather is a passionate traveller, particularly to Russia and the Middle East. Mawson's Forgotten Men: The Antarctic Diary of Charles Turnbull Harrisson 1911-1913 is her latest book.