The diaries of Frank Hurley 1912-1941

Edited book

Hurley, Frank. Dixon, Robert and Lee, Christopher (ed.) 2011. The diaries of Frank Hurley 1912-1941. London, United Kingdom. Anthem Press.
Book Title

The diaries of Frank Hurley 1912-1941

Book CategoryEdited book
ERA Publisher ID1145
AuthorHurley, Frank
EditorsDixon, Robert and Lee, Christopher
Number of Pages259
PublisherAnthem Press
Place of PublicationLondon, United Kingdom
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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 Smith’s Flight and Pearls and Savages, while his photographs of Douglas Mawson’s Australasian Antarctic Expedition, Ernest Shackleton’s 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 Hurley’s 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 pat he played in imagining them for an international public.

KeywordsFrank Hurley; war diaries; war photographer; film maker; Australian cinema; Antarctic expedition; Douglas Mawson
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020430399. Historical studies not elsewhere classified
360505. Screen media
430303. Biography
430299. Heritage, archive and museum studies not elsewhere classified
Public Notes

Copyright 2011 Robert Dixon and Christopher Lee editorial matter and selection.

Byline AffiliationsIndependent photographer, Australia
Public Memory Research Centre
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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