Note: The stories are listed by reverse chronoloigal order in which they are
received; i.e. the most recently received is at the top
Antarctic Rebuilding Program at Mawson 1979 - 1987
By Bob McEwan
In 1981 Bob McEwan, Chief Structural Engineer of the Australian Construction
Services, formed a team of engineers and established a research program to design
and construct new building at
Australia's three continental stations. The oldest station was Mawson where
some of the huts dated back to the 1940's. They were small, lacked privacy and
a fire risk. Bob spent two summers down south supervising the work, and oversaw
the whole project.
SOUTHERN PRINCE CHARLES
MOUNTAINS TRAVERSE 1960
By Ian Bird
Electronics Engineer, Ian Bird tells the story of his spring traverse into the
Southern Prince Charles Mountains with geologist Rick Ruker and Senior Diesel
Mechanic Neville "Gringo" Collins to map and collect geology
samples. For the 22-year-old Bird it was the adventure of a lifetime. His job
was to maintain communications with Mawson, and help run the dog teams.
By Ian McNaughton
Cosray Physicist, Ian McNaughton recounts what living & working in the Antarctic was like during his 18 months
down South at Mawson from 24 Jan 1961 - 18 Mar 1962 & Dec 1962 - Mar 1963. He describes his job, a brain operation,
visits from the Russians, dog trips and helicopter travel with numerous photographs and some maps.
INTO THE WHITE
Mawson to Enderby Land, 1974
By Dave Luders
OIC, Dave Luders recounts a traverse to Enderby Land in 1974 to set up a base camp for the 1974/5 summer operations.
He describes navigating by astrocompass, blizzards, temperatures of -30 degrees for weeks on end, tractors
breaking through snowbridges, crevasses, Knuckey Peaks and more - a high point of his 1974 winter.
The story includes photographs and a map of the traverse undertaken.