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Memorial Cairn commemorates the landing in Antarctica of the expedition sponsored by Lars Christenson, a Norwegian shipowner and whaling magnate with a keen interest in Antarctic exploration.
On 20 February 1935 Klarius Mikkelsen, captain of the Norwegian vessel Thorshavn, sighted the Vestfold Hills (named after a Norwegian province which he thought it resembled) near the present Davis Station.
A lifeboat containing Mikkelsen and his Danish-born wife Karoline landed on the coast and buried a provision depot under a cairn. This site of the first landing of a woman in Antarctica was relocated in December 1995.
|Address:||Vestfold Hills, Australian Antarctic Territory|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -66.070569|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||20-February-1935|
|Actual Event End Date:||20-February-1935|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Wednesday 20th February, 1935|