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As reported here on Arctic Portal today is 100 years since Roald Amundsen step foot on the South Pole, the first person to do so.

At the State Library of South Wales amazing photographs from Antarctica, 100 years old, are stored.

The pictures were taken by Frank Hurley in an Australian expedition in 1911. The pictures are diverse and range from landscape photos to pictures of humans. The expedition spent three years at the South Pole but did not go to the Pole itself.

Its only around 200 years since Antarctica was first seen by humans and thr Australian expedition was one of the first to really explore the region.

The photos are a unique source from the time  and can be seen here on this website.

Radio operator Arthur Sawyer