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A 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
Long: 111.988283
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event STart Date:20-February-1935
Actual Event End Date:20-February-1935


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 20th February, 1935
Source: ATHS
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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