"Alice Giles’ grandfather, Cecil T. Madigan, who died before she was born, was the meteorologist on Douglas Mawson’s Australasian Antarctic Expedition from 1911 to 1913. His unpublished “Note Book & Diary” gives a fascinating account of daily life, with all its trials, tribulations and tragedies, at the base in Adélie Land (now known as Cape Denison), Antarctica. There were good times too, and comradeship and great beauty. Meanwhile, Cecil’s fiancée, Wynnis, waited for his return.
This piece draws on Cecil’s writings to paint a picture of his life at the base and of his love for Wynnis."
- Martin Wesley-Smith
Alice in Antarctica went to air on Sunday 26 June 2011, and featured images, sounds and stories from Alice Giles' journey to Antarctica in 2011. The concert included a performance piece Alice created for a live concert at Mawson Station earlier this year as a tribute to her grandfather C.T. Madigan and his role in the Mawson expedition. Also featured were readings from Madigan’s diaries and music he referred to while in Antarctica; the Australian premiere of works for electro-acoustic harp by Australian composers Prof. Larry Sitsky, Jim Cotter, Martin Wesley-Smith and Joshua McHugh; and a new transcription by Nigel Westlake.
To watch the full Alice in Antarctica broadcast, go to vimeo.com/anusom/aliceinantarctica