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MAWSON WELCOMED.

CATHERiNC AT ADELAIDE.

CABLE MESSAGE FROM> THE KING

WARM TRIBUTES TO THE

EXPLORER

iP©r Press Association—Copyright)

(Received March 3, 9.30 a.m.)

ADELAIDE, March 3

Dr. Mawson was officially welcomed by a large gathering, including Lord Denman, at the University. Sir Sanjuel Way, presiding," read a message from the King congratulating .

Mawson and, his colleagues on their successful achievements and regretting the loss of their brave comrades. Sir Samuel Way paid a tribute to the explorers' Avork, saying that Dr. Mawson had written his name high on the scroll of imperishable renown as a great Australian hero.

Lord Denman said the expedition had established a record of-bravery, heroism, and endurance.

Dr. Mawson, replying, paid a high tribute to his •comrades. He did not desire that undue credit should bi given to himself, as all had done their best. The expedition differed from others, inasmuch as it did not focus on the South Pole, but took up a sphere of action more likely to be | useful to Australia. He did not put forward any claim as to results, except with regard to the scientific side. There had • been reason to believe that land existed, and now they knew there was a huge land to the south of Australia that must, play a part in Australian history in the future, and if anything was of any >v.alue to Australia in the Antarctic that knowledge could be turned to good use. He hoped the Australian Government would make some claim to the Antarctic regions. Canada had issued an edict that all lands north of Canada to the Pole belonged to Canada, so Australia might say that all lands south of the Commonwealth belonged to it. He hoped the Australian public ;would be satisfied when the scientific achievements of the expedition were made known.

Dr. -Maw-son added:—"We all liad sledging experiences that were arduous, and very trying. We went to the Antarctic knowing we would have to take risks, and it is a funny thing that, some of them want to go again. I had an idea that way myself, but have not got it so much now.' Still, one never knows. Ninnis and Mertz were fine ■fellows. I don't know thai ;they would regret their deaths if it '-*&sve possible for them to hear us talking about them. I never heard a complaint from either."

Captain Davis said that Mawson's journey was absolutely unparalleled in the history of exploration. It was one. of the greatest illustrations of how the sternest affairs of nature were overcome by. the superb courage, power, and resolve of man. ■

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MAWSON WELCOMED., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8808, 3 March 1914

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MAWSON WELCOMED. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8808, 3 March 1914

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