The Mawson’s Huts Foundation is a not-for -profit charity established in 1997 expressly to conserve Mawson’s Huts at Cape Denison which served as the main base for two years of the 1911-14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE). The buildings have been named after the leader of the expedition Dr Douglas Mawson, a 29 year old geologist who was later knighted for his role.
Established with the full support of the Australian Government the Foundation works in partnership with the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) which has responsibility for maintaining the huts.
Between 1997 and 2013 the Foundation raised in excess of $8 million dollars in cash and in-kind support and from this has funded and organised 10 major expeditions to Cape Denison.
Of the total raised the Australian Government has contributed just under $3 million in special grants including a $350,000 grant to construct the replica which will operate as a small world class museum operated by the Foundation to generate revenue for the conservation and ongoing maintenance of the historic buildings.
The Foundation’s office in Sydney is sponsored by Thomson Reuters following in the tradition of Reuters News Agency in 1911 which was a major sponsor of the 191-14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition AAE).
The news agency provided Douglas Mawson with a cheque for 2500 pounds sterling, one of the largest cash sponsors of the expedition which had a total budget if just 45,000 pounds sterling.
Thomson Reuters now sponsors the Foundation secretariat with office space and facilities at Level 10/60 Margaret Street. “Without this great support the Foundation would have great difficulty operating and we’re indebted to this wonderful international company,” says Foundation Chairman David Jensen AM, a former Manager of Reuters Economic Services in Australia.