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Biographical entry Mertz, Xavier (1882 - 1913)

Born
6 October 1882
Basel, Switzerland
Died
8 January 1913
King George V Land, Antarctica
Occupation
Antarctic explorer

Summary

Xavier Mertz was a skier and mountaineer in his native Switzerland. He was engaged by Douglas Mawson in 1911 as ski instructor for the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (1911-1914). With Belgrave Ninnis, he became responsible for the Expedition's Greenland huskies. In 1912 Mertz was selected by Mawson to accompany him as a member of the Far Eastern Party to explore King George V Land. This became one of the most epic journeys in Antarctic history and resulted in the deaths of Ninnis and Mertz. Mertz Glacier in Antarctica is named after him.

Details

Events

1911 - 1913
Career position - Member of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition

Published resources

Edited Books

  • Lucas, Anna (ed.), Swiss alps to Antarctic glaciers: the journals of Dr Xavier Mertz, Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-1914, Fineline Studios, Melbourne, 2014, 206 pp. Details
  • Mornement, Allan and Riffenburgh, Beau (eds), 'Mertz and I': the Antarctic diary of Belgrave Edward Ninnis, Erskine Press, Norwich (U. K.), 2014, 448 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Carrington-Smith, Denise, 'Mawson and Mertz: a Re-evaluation of their Ill-fated Mapping Journey during the 1911-1914 Australasian Antarctic Expedition', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 183, no. 11/12, 2005, pp. 638-641. Details
  • Lucas, Anna, 'Mertz in Hobart: impressions of one of Mawson's men while preparing for Antarctic adventure', Papers and proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, vol. 146, 2012, pp. 37-44. Details
  • Lucas, Anna and Leane, Elizabeth, 'Two Pages of Xavier Mertz's Missing Antarctic Diary: a Contextualization and Reconstruction', Polar Record, vol. 49, 2013, pp. 297-306. Details

Online Resources

Helen Cohn