Thorgaut Island

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Thorgaut Island is the largest island in the northeast part of the Robinson Group, lying 7 nautical miles (13 km) northwest of Cape Daly, 4 nautical miles (7 km) east of Andersen Island, and 3 to 4 nautical miles (5 – 6 km) north-west of Kirton Island and Macklin Island, respectively, which are also part of the Robinson Group. Thorgaut island, and those near it, were sighted in 1931 by the crew of the Norwegian whale catcher names Thorgaut and Robinson, respectively, for the group. Having approved Robinson as the group name, Thorgaut Island has been approved for the most conspicuous of its features.

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Robinson Group is a group of small islands extending 16 km (10 mi) in an east-west direction, lying close northwest of Cape Daly. The group was observed by British Australian New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition (BANZARE) under Mawson, 1931, who named it after W.S. Robinson of Melbourne, a patron of the expedition. Essentially the same islands were observed in 1931 by the crew of the Norwegian whale catcher Thorgaut, who gave them the name "Thorgautoyane". In concurrence with the recommendations by Antarctic Names Committee of Australia (ANCA), the name "Robinson" has been assigned to the whole group and the name "Thorgaut" to the most conspicuous island.

Cape Daly is an ice-covered promontory on the coast of Antarctica, 3 nautical miles (6 km) west of Safety Island and close southeast of the Robinson Group. It was discovered in February 1931 by the British Australian New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition under Mawson, who named it for Senator Daly of the Australian Senate.

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Coordinates: 67°27′S63°33′E / 67.450°S 63.550°E / -67.450; 63.550

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