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ID number H06761
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Photographer McGuffie's Studio
Date made 1914


Portrait of Lieutenant Edward Frederic Robert Bage, 3rd Field Company Australian Engineers, of St Kilda East, Vic. Highly gifted, Edward Bage matriculated at age 14 and trained as a civil engineer and a surveyor. He took part in Douglas Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition (1911-1914) as astronomer, assistant magnetician and recorder of tides. When Mawson and his companions failed to return to winter quarters at the expected time, Bage volunteered for a relief party of six that remained in the Antarctic for a second winter. He led a party on a dangerous 1000 km journey hauling sleds over the ice and was awarded the King's Polar Medal in 1915. Enlisting in August 1914 as second in command of the 3rd Field Company of Engineers, Captain Bage took part in the landing at Gallipoli. While marking out a trench line near Lone Pine on 7 May 1915, he and his companions came under fire from five Turkish machine guns and he was killed.