Andrew McConville on Keith Jack and the trans-Antarctic expedition

In this video, digital access librarian Andrew McConville shines a light on the Library’s Keith Jack collection of glass lantern slides.

'The photographs are a great record of the expedition and they also give you a bit of an insight into the men, who look like they had undergone quite an ordeal'

– Andrew McConville

Keith Jack was a member of the Ross Sea Antarctic expedition of 1914–17, which became stranded for more than two years on Ross Island while establishing a supply station for Shackleton’s planned continental crossing.

The desolate images of the team's base camp and the sheer beauty of the Antarctic landscape provide insights into the expedition's ordeal, and are just some of the many pictures and objects that can be accessed by users thanks to the Library’s ongoing digitisation strategy.