In 1953, the Australian Government decided to establish a scientific research station on the Antarctic continent. This is the story of that small party of men who set it up in 1954, written by the man who led the expedition: the planning, the voyage, the building of what is now Mawson Station, the land exploration, the difficulties encountered and met with ingenious solutions are all documented here. Even the voyage through stormy seas, bitter cold, pack ice and hurricane winds is an epic of sea-faring. This book is a dedication  to their teamwork and comradeship; and there was fear, stress and rancour as well. And Antarctica is a character all its own.