Sailor to trace route of epic voyage

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In 1911, the Reuters Telegram Company Ltd sent a handwritten telegram confirming it had pledged 1,000 pounds to the Australasian Antarctic Expedition lead by Sir Douglas Mawson, Australia's most celebrated Antarctic explorer.

The significance of Mawson's expedition was that it was largely financed and led from Australia, which as a nation was little more than 10 years old. East Antarctica, the greater mass of the Antarctic continent that lies south of Australia, the Indian Ocean and Africa, was one of the least-explored parts of the ice continent.

Now, Reuters employee Pauline Askin is sailing in early December to the Antarctic for a six -week expedition on the ice continent where she will help restore Mawson's huts on Commonwealth Bay.

Click here to follow Pauline's experiences on her blog.