Antarctic Festival Dinner

Mawsons Hut 11

photo: Mawson’s Huts Foundation

Gala Fundraising Dinner for the Mawson’s Huts Foundation

A highlight of the festival will be a gala fund raising dinner on Saturday Sept 10 which up to 600 guests are expected to attend at Hotel Grand Chancellor’s Federation Ballroom which is being specially prepared for the evening.

A special guest speaker will be Peter Hillary, the son of the conqueror of Mt Everest,  Sir Edmund Hilary. Peter has also climbed Mt Everest and explored Antarctica and is an acclaimed speaker. The Premier of Tasmania Will Hodgman has been invited to attend.

Sir Edmund was a wonderful supporter of the Mawson’s Huts Foundation which he helped launch in 1997.

A leading Sydney comedian, Simon Kennedy, has been booked as the Master of Ceremonies, thirteen members of the Royal Australian Navy Band will provide music for dancing and there will be door prizes, a gift pack for all guests, a dinner raffle, an auction of five select items and entertainment. Patagonian tooth fish will also be served at the dinner, donated by Australian Longline, a Hobart-based sustainable fishing company which is a member of the Tasmanian Polar Network.

News Break – First Prize in Antarctic Draw

First prize in the dinner raffle will be one of the world’s toughest watches, valued at $2,350 by BALL watches. The Engineer II Marvelight introduces an unprecedented degree of luminosity with 14 micro gas tubes on the hour, minute and second hands and dial for night reading capacity even in the most extreme conditions.

It is shock resistant to 5000Gs, water resistant to 100m/330ft, has a stainless steel case and a  stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp.

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It has been generously donated for the Festival dinner by BALL’s Australian agent the AVSTEV Group, Australasia’s largest privately owned Swiss watch distributor.


Relatives of members of Douglas Mawson’s Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-14 are also attending as are many Antarctic enthusiasts from interstate.

The dinner is open to individuals, groups and organisation and the cost per head is $300 per person with tables of 10 available at $3000.

We already have just over 30 tables booked, so don’t miss out.

Bookings can be made on line through the festival website here:

Antarctic Festival Dinner Tickets

and funds raised on the night will go directly to the conservation of Mawson’s historic huts at Cape Denison, East Antarctica.

Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum 1300 551 422

Mawson’s Huts Foundation 02 9458 1219


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