Alasdair McGregor

Historian
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Painter, photographer, writer, historian and some-time architect, Alasdair McGregor’s creative interests range from natural history and the environment, to architecture and design, and the history of exploration.

His contact with the Antarctic region began with the 1983 Heard Island Expedition. Sailing aboard the maxi-yacht Anaconda, Alasdair was involved in supporting the second only successful attempt on 3,000 metre-high Big Ben. Voyages to Casey Station and Macquarie Island followed as part of the Australian Antarctic Division’s Humanities Program.

Alasdair was artist and photographer for two Mawson’s Huts Foundation expeditions to Cape Denison, Adélie Land, and in 2000 was curator (for the Australian High Commission to Canada) of a travelling exhibition, ‘… that sweep of savage splendour’: A Century of Australians in Antarctica.

Alasdair has published three books with Antarctic themes: – Mawson’s Huts: An Antarctic Expedition Journal (1999); Antarctica: that sweep of savage splendour (collected writings – editor 2011); and a biography of the renowned polar photographer, Frank Hurley: A photographer’s life (2004). His other books include Grand Obsessions: The life and work of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, winner of the 2011 National Biography Award.

In 1999, Alasdair staged Mawson’s Antarctica: A view from the huts, a major exhibition of his Antarctic paintings and photographs in aid of the Mawson’s Huts Foundation. Elsewhere, Alasdair has staged numerous exhibitions of his paintings and his work hangs in corporate and public collections in Australia and overseas.

Since the summer of 2004/05, Alasdair has worked each season as a lecturer, historian and field guide on tourist voyages to East Antarctica, the Ross Sea, the Antarctic Peninsula and the sub-Antarctic islands.

Alasdair's Destinations

Alasdair's Expeditions

  • LAST BERTHS

    Expedition - Kimberley Coast - Broome to Darwin

    Kimberley Coast - Broome to Darwin

    11 Days from AU$8,690 per person

    A thrilling adventure along Australia’s wildest frontier, home to impressive waterfalls, unique tidal phenomena, 40,000year-old myths and traditions and breathtaking marine sanctuaries. 

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    Expedition - In Shackleton’s Footsteps

    In Shackleton’s Footsteps

    18 DAYS from US$14,600 pp

    Late summer offers the best chance to chart a course through the Weddell Sea’s shifting pack ice and vast tabular bergs, where Shackleton’s ship Endurance was trapped and crushed.

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    Expedition - Kimberley Coast - Darwin to Broome

    Kimberley Coast - Darwin to Broome

    11 Days from AU$8,690 per person

    Join us on the Kimberley Coast and sail into a world filled with sprawling landscapes, lush waterfalls, unique marine wildlife and fascinating ancient Aboriginal rock paintings.

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