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Australian officers, blown into the air by an accidental explosion, fall in the river amid the splinters of their wrecked boat; ca. 1942

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From LIFE (June 15th, 1942):

During night maneuvers in New South Wales a few weeks ago, Australian soldiers were landing at the edge of a dam when a charge of gelignite, employed to lend realism to their operation, unexpectedly exploded beneath their boat. Amid splinters and spray the Aussies were hurled into the night. As they fell, a photographer 20 feet away snapped his shutter and caught the remarkable picture opposite. The soldiers suffered only bruises and shock.

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Wilf Batty with the last thylacine that was killed in the wild; ca. 1930

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The Parkes Radio Telescope, built in the middle of an Australian sheep paddock, towers over a rancher and his flock; ca.1960.

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It was later used to transmit the majority of the first television broadcasts from the surface of the Moon. 

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Portrait of Australian Antarctica pioneer Cecil Madigan, taken during the first Australian Antarctica expedition between 1911-1914

Portrait of Australian Antarctica pioneer Cecil Madigan, taken during the first Australian Antarctica expedition between 1911-1914

…he was fine, don’t worry. He never returned to the Antarctica though. He instead preferred e.g. to explore the Simpson desert by camel.

( I found another picture of him Here.)