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George Harris Sarjeant Dovers (1887 - 1971) - Biographical notes

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Watson, Wild & Dovers in "The Grottoes"

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George Harris Sarjeant Dovers (21) - Mawson 1911-1914 Cartographer

Single, of Sydney, New South Wales, was completing his term for Licensed Surveyor in the service of the Commonwealth Government when he joined the Expedition. He was in the Antarctic for two summers and one winter, being stationed with the Western Party (Queen Mary Land). A member of several sledging parties, he acted as Cartographer to the party which reached Gaussberg.
From Appendix 1, Mawson - Heart of the Antarctic


"…everything is just ripping, we are landing in a place that will make the whole civilized world wonder … when I think of the all the fellows slaving in offices in cities when there is all this beautiful God’s world to explore & all its wonders to see, I pity them, this is living not merely existing, I cannot do justice to my subject on paper, it is too wonderful."
George Dovers, letter to Peg and family dated 16 February 1912

"...his (George Dovers) son and my father Robert George Dovers also went to the Antarctic - expeditions to Heard and Macquarie Islands in 1947 and 1949; he was the sole Australian member of the 1952 French expedition when Port Martin base burned down and he and 6 French men volunteered to stay in temporary huts for the year when the base expedition was abandoned; and was the leader of the party that established Mawson Base in 1954 - a nice twist."

Received from Janet Dovers, granddaughter of George Dovers

Records held by the State Library of New South Wales



Landmarks named after George Harris Sarjeant Dovers

Feature Name: Cape Dovers
Feature Type: cape
Latitude: 6629S
Longitude: 09708E
Description:  Cape fronting on Shackleton Ice Shelf, 5 mi S of Henderson Island. Discovered by the Western Base Party of the AAE, 1911-14, under Mawson.

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