Mertz, though, had shot the last dog two weeks earlier, suggesting it was unlikely there was any meat left. Mawson denied ever saying that.
Although the expedition mapped large swathes of the Antarctic coastline, it was overshadowed by the race to the South Pole by Scott and Roald Amundsen, and by the outbreak of war. Day claims that, despite spearheading a conscription drive in Australia, Mawson was reluctant to join up himself.
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