Wilkins and Philosophy

Wilkins is inspirational because of his philosophy of life, and the way he did things. What Wilkins did was, and still is, important in the world of facts; but what motivated him to do what he accomplished is perhaps more useful today in the world of creative thinking, character development and living the proverbial ‘life well lived.’

Wilkins seems to speak to those receptive saying: “Unlock Your Inner Explorer.” Our patron, Richard ‘Harry’ Harris heard that inner call, and we can too in our own way by exploring What Made Wilkins Tick.

Wilkins was a life time member of the American Philosophical Society. He was much more philosophical than theological. From a strictly ‘religious’ Methodist upbringing, Wilkins soon became a seeker of truth, investigating many possible ways of viewing this world, and the mysterious ‘beyond’, which he often referred to as ‘The Great Adventure’. Wilkins can be seen as an early uptaker of a position known today by letters SBNR: Spiritual But Not


Director and Producer: Tait Muller
DOP: Isaac Walgos
Sound: Steve Pratt

Featuring Justin McGuinness as Sir Hubert, and Dr Stephen Carthew as himself.  

Here is a monograph (a detailed study of a specific subject) that relates to Under the North Pole (1931). This is the book Wilkins published to explain why he wished to take the Nautilus on such an extraordinary expedition. This text is being republished in 2022 by The Friends of the State Library of South Australia with two Introductions. The first will be a short biography of Wilkins by Carolyn Spooner, the Community Learning Librarian of the State Library of South Australia. The second will be Stephen Carthew’s appropriately edited Introduction to ‘The Character and Spiritual Life of Sir Hubert Wilkins. 

Next Steps Towards Civilisation

What follows is Wilkins' lecture from a talk he gave in 1941, interspersed with notes from Stephen Carthew. This talk was given to the Georgia Education Association in April 1941, nine months after Italy joined the Axis in June 1940 and eight months before the Pearl...

The Pogo-stick Faith of Sir Hubert Wilkins

On the 13 February 1938, during a break in his search for the Russian flyer Sigizmund Levanevsky, the most extensive and highly publicised air-search undertaken at the time, Wilkins spoke from the pulpit of the Knox United Church in Edmonton, Alberta. His talk...