Some Highlights of Tasmania in Antarctic History Scott (why Scott?) and Others


The Royal Society of Tasmania - 2018 Launceston Lecture Series

Start Date

25th Mar 2018 1:15pm


Meeting Room, QVMAG at Inveresk

RSVP / Contact Information

Email: or telephone: 6323 3798

Presented by

Professor Patrick Quilty AM


Tasmania has a long and distinguished history in Antarctic exploration - Ross, Dumont d’Urville, Borchgrevinck, Mawson as examples. But there is so much more that needs to be advertised. While Scott did not come to Tasmania, we have a surprising and deep association with his expeditions. In the early days (1820-1830s) famous explorers all came here, often at the same time. And we sent one of our own to the sealing grounds - to be expanded.

During 1981-1999, Prof. Quilty was Chief Scientist for the Australian Antarctic Division and ANARE. He is a West Australian, and primarily a palaeontologist who first ventured to Eastern Ellsworth Land, Antarctica with the University of Wisconsin in 1965/66, visited Macquarie Island in 1968 with a party that identified the island as a unique piece of uplifted oceanic crust and discovered fossil whales and dolphins at Marine Plain near Davis, the only site to provide fossil vertebrates since Antarctica became glaciated 34 million years ago.

He has published over 200 scientific papers, is a regular commentator on Antarctic issues, has worked in industry and academia and participated in many marine research cruises.  

His awards include Member of the Order of Australia (AM), U.S. Antarctica Service Medal, Inaugural Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Tasmania Medal, Royal Society of Tasmania Medal and the Phillip Law Medal of the ANARE Club. Two Antarctic geographic features and five fossil species are named in his honour.

The lecture will commence at 1.30pm following the Annual General Meeting

Admission: $6 General Public, $4 Students, QVMAG Friends and members of Launceston Historical Society.
Free for members of The Royal Society of Tasmania

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