Stephen Martin is a writer and historian with a fascination for Australian and Antarctic history. He has spoken about and published books and articles on these topics for many years. His books include A History of Antarctica (1996) The Whales' Journey: a year in the life of a humpback whale and a century in the history of whaling, (2001) and Penguin. (2010). Both The Whales’ Journey and A History of Antarctica were shortlisted for the Eureka Science Book Prize.
Stephen has curated four exhibitions about Antarctica, the latest two being Shifting Ground: photographs of Frank Hurley 1911-1918 and Lines on the Ice: Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-1914. He has visited Antarctica many times, as a tourist, lecturer and sailor. In 1998/9 he sailed to Antarctica and worked in Mawson's Hut, Cape Denison for the Mawson's Hut Foundation.
After leaving University, Stephen worked as a Flight Attendant with QANTAS before returning to studies and completing a Diploma of Librarianship. Stephen has a BA, Dip Lib and a MSc Soc (Masters of Science and Society). He worked for many years with the wonderful Antarctic collections of the State Library of New South Wales and has recently begun working with the Antarctic collections of businessman and collector Kerry Stokes.
Stephen is currently working on a second edition of A History of Antarctica and his fourth book, an examination of the long and fascinating relationship between people and albatrosses.
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