AntarcticaArchiveFlagsHistoryPhoto Gallery

The South African flag flies at the South Pole. The South Pole was first reached by a Norwegian explorer in 1911. A South African took the South African flag to the South Pole in 1958 as part of Sir Edmund Hillary’s team to cross the continent overland – a journey that took 99 days.  Antarctic Brochure […]

ArchiveBouvet IslandPhoto GallerySub-Antarctic

Bouvet Island – Bouvetøya(Norwegian) Bouvet Island is an uninhabited sub Antarctic high island and dependency of Norway located in the South Atlantic Ocean at 54°25′S 3°22′E . It lies at the southern end of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and is the most remote island in the world, approximately 2,600 kilometres south-southwest of the coast of South […]

ArchivePhoto GalleryS.A.Agulhas IITristan da Cunha

The Tristan da Cunha Archipelago consists of the main island of Tristan da Cunha, the smaller, uninhabited Nightingale and Inaccessible Islands and Gough Islands. Tristan was first discovered in 1506 by the Portuguese sailor Tristão da Cunha. However, Tristão was unable to land on Tristan because of accessibility difficulties and rough seas. Despite this, Tristão […]

ArchiveMarion IslandPhoto GallerySouthern OceanSub-Antarctic

South Africa maintains a Station on Marion Island. This station is managed and administered by DEFF. Marion Island lies at 46°S, 37°E in the Southern Indian Ocean, 2160 km from East Pier, Cape Town Harbour.  The older of the two bases has been there since January 1948, erected  after South Africa annexed and occupied the […]

AntarcticaArchiveNewsPhoto GalleryScience

The southern and Northern Lights always attract photographers. The featured image is a beautiful omega formation of the Aurora Phenomena across the sky taken by Morgan O”Kenney(SANAE47) in 2008. South Africa’s overwintering teams are able to experience this natural phenomenon during Wintertime at SANAE (South Africa National Antarctic Expedition) IV Station on Antarctica. The station […]

AntarcticArchiveHistoryLegacyMarion IslandPhoto Gallery

The Antarctic Legacy Project began in 2008 with the end goal of creating a product that will be a “… comprehensive electronic source, and in some areas archive (including by necessity paper copy), of the material available for social science, law and humanities research within the South African National Antarctic Programme.”(From: Bringing South Africa’s Antarctic […]

AntarcticAntarcticaartefactclothingPhoto Gallery

In a recent article on ALSA we mentioned that an archive is a by-product of human activity preserved in material to provide a direct window on past events.  ALSA wants to be the custodian for these artefacts that are housed at bases and in personal collections.  ALSA would like to become the memory of our […]

ArchiveMarion IslandPhoto GalleryScienceTeams

Correspondence from a member of the 3rd Biological expedition to Marion Island (29th Marion Overwintering Team, 1972 to 1973) with Johan Grobbelaar, Valdon Smith and Anthony de Villiers. Dane Gerneke a member to this expedition made contact with us. Via the worldwide web, Dropbox and zip files, we were able to get his images. These […]

ArchiveGough IslandPhoto GalleryPreserve

Collection of: Jaimie Cleeland Overwintering station: Gough Island Team: 63rd Gough Island Overwintering Team Year: 2017/2018 Position: Ornithological field assistant – appointed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Residing country:  Tasmania Number of photos in collection: 216 (183 photos taken by Jaimie, 25 taken by Kate Lawrence, 7 by Tom McSherry […]

ArchiveGough IslandMarion IslandPhoto GalleryPreserveTristan da Cunha

Transvaal, ship, Gough Island

Collection of:      Cyril Edward Norris Nickname:            Norrie Born:                      16 October 1935 – 2009† Islands visited:  Marion Island, Prince Edward Island, Gough Island, Tristan da Cunha Years:                     1956 and 1958 (International Geophysics Year-IGY) Why […]