Mr Mark Pharaoh

Senior Collection Manager Australian Polar Collections

+61 8 8207 7574


Mark came to the Museum from the University of Adelaide in 2002, where he worked with Sir Douglas Mawson’s personal collection. He had previously worked on both recent Mawson exhibition collaborations with the Museum: Unpacking the Explorer Scientist (1996) and In the Footsteps of Sir Douglas Mawson (2001).


Research Interests

Polar History, specifically relating to the early- to mid-20th century.


Current Research Projects

Mawson’s Female Friendships.


Professional Associations

  • Member, Australian Historical Association

  • Corporate membership of Museum’s Australia through the South Australian Museum



  • BA (Hons), Leeds University, UK (1987)

  • MA, Nottingham Trent University (1993)

  • Post-Grad Archives, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia (2002)


Current Teaching Responsibilities

Informal work with:

  • tour groups

  • school visits

  • Expeditions South    


Community Engagement

The Private Life of a Polar Explorer


Media Expertise

Anything polar-related.