MacRobertson Land, Antarctica
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Filmed and edited by Jo Clyne, 2015
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Professor Howard Frederick and Royal Historical Society of Victoria curator David Thompson discuss MacRobertson's philanthropic contribution to Mawson's Antarctic expedition.
PROF. HOWARD FREDERICK:
Some of his most famous philanthropic work have to do with the expeditions that he financed to Antarctica. He financed the 1934 Antarctic expedition by the famous explorer Douglas Mawson, for which MacRobertson also received his knighthood. The curious story is that Douglas Mawson named a large portion of Antarctica after MacRobertson, it was named MacRobertson Land and you can still see it on a map. If you log into Wikipedia you will see a very arcane discussion in the footnotes about whether it contains a dot, or a period, ‘Mac.Robertson Land’ is what it was named. The curious thing is that Mac always spelt his name M-A-C-full-stop, because it was an abbreviation. His name was not MacRobertson. His name was Macpherson Robertson.
Macpherson Robertson was keen to sponsor the expedition to Antarctica partly I think for the glory and publicity associated with being associated with the expedition but also I think he was quite a proponent of expanding the British Empire and establishing a claim for territory in Antarctica which at that stage still large parts of it were unexplored.
It later transpired that, after the expedition when he was on another tour of Europe and the UK in 1935, he was pushing very strongly for the establishment of a whaling industry, an Australian, possibly an Australian-British combined, whaling industry in Antarctica with a view, as he said in one of his statements, to keeping the Japanese out.
The material that we’ve got in the collection to do with Antarctica consists of… we have, for example, a letter from Sir Douglas Mawson thanking Macpherson Robertson for his contribution to the expedition. We also have some paperwork associated with the accounting of the expedition, and how the funds Macpherson Robertson provided were in fact used. We also have several images of the ship that was used to take the expeditions to Antarctica, and some newspaper cuttings showing Macpherson Robertson and Douglas Mawson together.
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Story education resources
Education MacRobertson's Confectionery Factory - Education Kit
The MacRobertson's Confectionery Factory education kit has been designed for grades 2 and 3 and looks at themes such as 'the past in the present' and 'community history'.
Key themes include:
1. Historical buildings and monuments
2. Victorian industry and the workforce
3. Technology and transport
4. Advertising and design
5. Local history
Teachers and students use the kit in conjunction with the MacRobertson videos, images and stories available on Culture Victoria to complete a range of activities aligning with key historical skills such as:
1. Distinguishing between the past, present and future
2. Posing questions about the past using sources provided
3. Exploring a range of sources about the past
4. Identifying and comparing features of objects from the past and present
5. Exploring a point of view
6. Developing a narrative about the past
7. Using a range of communication forms (oral, graphic, written, role play) and digital technologies