Discover Down South at Brisbane Powerhouse

Discover Down South at Brisbane Powerhouse

The first Australian expedition to the icy wilderness of Antarctica was led by Sir Douglas Mawson 100 years ago. The Brisbane Powerhouse’s latest exhibition Down South is a celebration of the centenary of this epic voyage, as well as Australia’s involvement in the country in the decades since.

The close proximity between the two nations has meant that a number of Australian tradespeople have made the move south. This doesn’t just refer to just scientists, but those who make their research possible – plumbers, electricians, carpenters, mechanics, cooks, weather observers and radio operators.

Down South will run from May 9–29 and explore these roles that Australians have played in Antarctica for the past 60 years. Photographer Susan Gordon-Brown has accumulated portraits of 25 tradespeople as they are now, ranging between the ages of 50 and 93. The exhibition is a combination of these intimate images, as well as a display of their individual stories of their time spent in Antarctica.


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