1. Wide of photo album being opened to page displaying rare South Pole photo
2. Close of photo in question
3. Various of page in album showing photo
4. Curator pointing to photo
5. Wide of album being closed
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Linda Groom, Curator of National Library of Australia:
"We think that he compiled the album as a selection of the highlights of his own career, mostly Tasmanian photographs. And that's what the cover says - 'Tasmanian Views'. And then he must have been given the task of developing the photographs when the expedition reached Hobart."
7. Close of cover of photo album reading (English): "Tasmanian Views"
The National Library of Australia (NLA) has uncovered a rare photograph showing the arrival of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen's 1911 expedition at the South Pole, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
The photograph, which is the only print in the world taken from the original negatives of Amundsen's arrival at the pole, was discovered by National Library of Norway curator Harald Ostgaard Lund during an internet search of the NLA collection.
Using information on the print's dimensions found on the site he worked out it was taken directly from a negative.
Amundsen didn't like having photographers accompany him on his expeditions, so the photograph was an especially rare find, AuBC reported.
Following painstaking work, Ostgaard Lund eventually tracked down the photograph in an album put together by a young Tasmanian photographer, Edward Searle.
On returning from the Antarctic in 1912, Amundsen went to the Tasmanian capital, Hobart, to have his photographs developed by well-known Hobart photographer JW Beattie.
NLA's curator, Linda Groom said Beattie probably gave the job to his young assistant at the time, Searle, who later included the rare photo in his own album.
Groom told AuBC it was thought Searle "compiled the album as a selection of the highlights of his own career, mostly Tasmanian photographs".
"He must have been given the task of developing the photographs when the expedition reached Hobart," she added.