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my friends the huskies an account of a year at an antarctic base by robert dovers

My Friends, The Huskies : An Account of a Year at an Antarctic Base by Robert Dovers


New York : Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, 1957. First edition. Stated. Hardcover. 236 pages ; photographic illustrations ; 22 cm. Price-clipped dust jacket with minor tears around the edges. Blue and black cover board with silver title at spine. Lite foxing at spine as well. Pages are age toned and unmarked. Binding is firm.

An Account of a Year at an Antarctic Base

Robert Dovers, who has spent over five years in the Antarctic, tells in this book of his year as an observer with the Third French Expedition of 1951-52. He was one of seven men who endured the long South Polar winter in Terre Adelie, and who could not have accomplished their tasks without the savage dependable huskies who pulled their sledges. Mr. Dovers was in charge of these dogs, and he gives here a vivid description of their hard life; their fight to survive against the elements, and to survive under their own implacable wolf-pack code.

The characters of the individual dogs are clearly drawn: Boss, Bjorn and Fram, who will lead their teams until successfully challenged; Aspirin the clown; Ifaut the beautiful. One of the objects of the expedition was the first year-round study of the Emperor penguin, and there is much information here about these strange birds and about other fauna, as well as a lively account of what it is like to live through the Antarctic winter.


Lives in Port Kembla, Australia.

Broke his studies to serve in the Australian Imperial Force at the age of 19 and served with them in the Middle East and S.W. Pacific Area. Began as a Gunner, later a member of a Commando Squadron in the Pacific area, and finished the war as an Engineer Officer. Shortly after discharge joined the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition then forming and served with them as follows:

1947 to 1949: Surveyor and Second-in-command with the pioneer party on Heard Island.

1950: Spent six months on the Aus¬tralian Station at Macquarie Island.

1951 to 1952: Australian Observer in Adelie Land with the Third French Antarctic Expedition. This was the year of the expedition that Huskies describes.

1953-1955: Surveyor and Leader of the wintering party that established and operated the new Base at Mawson in MacRobertson Land, Antarctica.

He was awarded the Palmes of Officier de TAcademie des Sciences for work with the French by their Government and the Polar Medal and Clasp by Her Majesty for work with his own people. Received (1956) the Mrs. Patrick Ness Award of the Royal Geographical Society for contributions to Ant¬arctic exploration and mapping.

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