The Mawson’s Huts Foundation was established in 1997 expressly to conserve Mawson’s Huts at Cape Denison. Since then it has funded and organised 12 major expeditions to the historic site.
The beginning of restoration
The Mawson's Huts Foundation's first expedition in 1997-98 was preceded with a two person team the previous summer consisting of a heritage conservation expert and an architect/photographer who helped to prepare a detailed works programme for a team of 15 who arrived 12 months later. This team of heritage specialists almost certainly saved Mawson’s Huts from imploding and being blown into the Southern Ocean.
Since 1997 the foundation has funded and organised 11 major expeditions to the Cape Denison site. These expeditions include archaeologists, materials conservators and heratige carpenters who carry out conservation and on going maitenence. Major work done has been to reclad the roofs of both the huts which comprise Mawsons Huts plus the removal of ice from the interior. Each expedition is expensive and costing in the region of half a million dollars.
The foundation has built and operates a full scale replica of the huts on the Hobart waterfront just 200 metres from where Mawson's expedition departed in December 1911 The Mawson's Huts Replica Museum is rated by trip advisor as the best museum in Hobart and helps with the ongoing and monumental costs of perserving the huts, however more funds are required to carry out ongoing conservation work of Australias most important Antarctic Heritage site and we appreciate your tax deductable help.