South With the Seabirds

Jess McGeachin

The captivating true story of four remarkable scientists and their incredible journey to the sub-Antarctic, from CBCA award-winning author and illustrator Jess McGeachin.

In 1959, four scientists travelled to an island at the edge of the world.

They were greeted by giant seabirds, snorting seals and penguins as far as the eye could see.

Their names were Hope Black, Mary Gilham, Susan Ingham and Isobel Bennett, and they happened to be the first female scientists to join an Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition.

Join their journey south and discover their incredible legacy.

Picture Book Non-Fiction

Jess McGeachin

Jess McGeachin is an author and illustrator living in Narrm (Melbourne, Australia). His debut picture book, Fly, was published in 2019 and was shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia and Queensland Literary Awards. Jess has since published nine books locally and internationally, with more on the way. His first two non-fiction books, Deep and Kind, were published in 2022. Deep was the winner of the 2023 CBCA Eve Pownall Award. Kind and The Tree at Number 43 were the co-winners of the 2023 Environment Awards for Children’s Literature.

Jess draws quite literally from a day job at Melbourne Museum, where he’s lucky enough to help design exhibitions and occasionally get lost in the basement.

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