Dr. Ben Maddison

Historian, Climbing Guide

Avid climber and history buff , Ben’s love of history began during his high school years. His passion led to an MA in Social and Industrial history and a PHd in Australian history.

An active researcher, Ben is an academic historian employed at the University of Wollongong, Australia, where he teaches, researches and writes on polar, Antarctic and Southern Ocean history. He is also a University Research Associate at The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies/Faculty of Arts, University of Tasmania, Hobart. His publications include Class and colonialism in Antarctic exploration 1750-1920 (Pickering & Chatto, 2014). He is currently writing a history of the Southern Ocean (forthcoming Routledge, 2018), co-authoring articles on the history of radio-communications in Antarctica, and writing a novel based on the life and times of Sidney Jeffryes, a radio operator on Douglas Mawson’s AAE expedition.

Ben also keeps busy with his other lifelong passion of rock climbing, pioneering climbs in Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales’ the Blue Mountains region, Greenland and North Wales.

Ben's Destinations

Ben's Expeditions

  • In Shackleton’s Footsteps

    18 DAYS from US$14,600 per person

    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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