The 'Trade Mark' used by Joyce and Wild on the title page of The Aurora Australis,
the first book to be written, edited, illustrated, printed, bound and issued in the Antarctic.
It was printed at the 'Sign of the Penguins' in 1907-08 at Cape Royds during Shackleton's Nimrod expedition.
This section is being extensively re-worked and updated so some inconsistent information may appear.

Launched: 1 September 2008.         Last updated: 13 June 2022.

Click here to download the text of the Aurora Australis from the State Library of New South Wales.

Click here to download a digitized version of the 'Chicken' copy of the Aurora Australis from Museum Victoria, Melbourne.

Click here to go to a University of Adelaide website which has three .pdfs of its copy (pp 1-49, pp 50-100 and pp 101-150).

Introduction. Not up yet.

Other editions of the Aurora Australis.


Mentions of the Aurora in books and magazines.

PowerPoint: "The Aurora Australis an update on recent saleroom activity." Prepared for the SouthPole-sium v.4, Dublin, 7-9 June 2019.

The Antarctic Book: the third volume of the deluxe edition of The Heart of the Antarctic.

Images associated with the Aurora.

Census of copies (Still a work-in-progress)
Tabular Summary.
Details by copy.
Aurora Owners by Group.
Correspondence to and from John Millard
How many copies?

Collation - Stephenson copy.

Information desirable to ascertain when inspecting a copy of the Aurora.

    Title page Variants.
    Text Variants.

Copies sold at auction or appearing in booksellers' catalogues. (Still a work-in-progress)

Names & Owners.

Inscriptions and Signatures.


Original owners of individual copies.

The illustrations that appear in the Aurora.

Other output from the press at Cape Royds.

Production details.

Some Aurora odds and ends.

A Google map of Aurora sites.