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Tom Griffiths on Antarctica's challenge

Dr Tom Griffiths tells the story of Stephen Murray-Smith's voyage to Antarctica and his reflections. When Stephen sailed to Antarctica on the Icebird in 1985–86, he returned urging Australia to make a greater cultural investment in the continent of ice.

Dr Griffiths is professor of history and graduate director in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. His books include Slicing the silence: voyaging to Antarctica and the award-winning Hunters and collectors. In 2002–03, Tom was a humanities fellow with the Australian Antarctic Division and in 2007 he was awarded the inaugural Mick Dark Fellowship in environmental writing at Varuna.

This Stephen Murray-Smith Lecture was held on 4 October 2007.