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Obituaries and Tributes - 2013

Vale Peter Neal -M 69.

In 2013, our sparky Peter (Pommie Pete) Neal died.  His obit was published in Aurora, but he is not included in the 2013 list.  Could you please add Pete to the list. Thanks,         Ian Allison, M69
Notified via email 28/4/14

Vale Jack Ward -MI 50, M55.


Jack Ward died on Saturday 14th September 2013 aged 92. He would have been 93 on the 1st October. 

How to describe Jack...he was quite simply a delight, an absolute gentleman, an astute observer of himself and others. He had a great love of organ music, and appreciation of art and conversation.

Jack had a 'fairly longstanding fascination with the stories of the Antarctic and the explorers and the strangeness of it'...but never imagined he would go South.   However in 1949, after seeing several advertisements for the Heard and Macquarie expeditions he '..rang the Antarctic Division and an appointment was made to interview you.  In my case, it was in the back of a taxi with Phil Law, who asked a few questions and then said, I think you can assure yourself that you will be going...'   

After Macquarie Island Jack worked for several years  as a ships  radio operator out of England then '...Phil Law wrote me a letter saying he was compiling the membership of the second expedition and he invited me to join. I was tossing up and decided I was enjoying things in England so much I would like another year there and also I was a bit scared whether I was up to the rigors of a mainland expedition so I asked him could he put it off for another year which he kindly agreed to do and I was put on the second year at Mawson...' 

On his return from Mawson Jack became the librarian at RMIT for 25 years, before retiring at the age of 60. His reasoning was '... I come from an extremely short lived family, my father was dead at 56, my brother at 52 my sisters at 54 I think my oldest sister made 60 so I decided that if I retired at 60 I would be lucky to get 5 years retirement...' 

All those who have known him over the years will be so pleased Jack got that bit very wrong...

There will not be a funeral service as per Jacks wishes.
From Anare Tas Newsletter 19 Sept 2013

Vale Jannes Keuken- Davis 1959, Anare Club Treasurer.

Sadly Jannes Keuken, our ANARE Club Treasurer, passed away peacefully last night. He was a lovely man and a great Treasurer.
Notified by M. Whitelaw 5/7/13
Funeral is to be held on Tuesday 9th July at 2.00pm in the William Matthews Funeral Home, 45 Cavehill Road Lilydale.
Notified by Ralph Fletcher 5/7/13

KEUKEN. Jannes. Passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, July 4, 2013. Loved and loving husband of Joan (Jane). Loved father of Desmond, Ann (dec. ). Loving and proud Opa of Zach, Chris, Alex and Aragorn.
Forever in our Hearts
From Herald-Sun tributes 6/7/13

Jannes served as a radar technician and weather observer, working for the Bureau of Meteorology, at the Davis Antarctic Station in 1959.
He remained with the Bureau after returning to Australia and worked in many places around the country, including the tropical paradise of Willis Island, off the Queensland coast.

He retired in 1987 as a Senior Technical Officer and since then has been involved in community work, mainly as a treasurer for various organisations.
He served diligently, until his illness prevented him, attending to the duties of Treasurer on the National Council of the ANARE Club.
His work and attitude were well respected by the Council and the Club in general, a true gentleman he will be missed.
From Eulogy presented at his funeral.

Vale Gary Allen - Casey 74, Mawson 78.

Regret to inform the sad passing of Gary Allen. Gary was a Diesel Mechanic at Casey 1974 and Mawson 1978. A likeable man and valued team member. Post his ANARE days Gary worked at his Father's garage in East Malvern and in recent  years he was working for Rob Rowland and the team at the Healey Factory. Gary also was a member of the Bolwell Car Club. Our paths crossed when I purchased  my first Austin-Healey as our respective car clubs used to share the same show day. Gary also conducted the test drive on the second Austin-Healey I purchased  about 4 years ago and we had a few laughs when doing so. To his wife Rosemary, Family Catherine and Anthony, Jake and Ned all members of the ANARE community extend our deepest sympathy. Ralph 'Noddy' Fletcher 14 May 2013

Vale Ian Bruce - Webmaster, Casey 88, MI 1997,  plus various summers

PictureIan joined ANARE in 1987, after 12 years in the Australian Army, and wintered as a Radio Technical Officer at Casey in 1988 - the last year that the Tunnel was occupied.  

Whilst at Casey, Ian was accepted for on-going employment in a telecommunications position at Antarctic Division Head Office - a position that allowed him to travel to Antarctica on a regular basis.  

Since wintering at Casey, Ian has summered, on multiple occasions, at all Australia's permanent stations, visited foreign stations and, in 1997, wintered at Macca.  Ian resigned from AAD in 2009.
Ian passed away suddenly on 16 Mar 2013. A private family service is to be held at Burleigh Heads on Mon 25th Mar. The family address for condolences is 21 Elanora Drive Burleigh Heads Qld, 4220.

Vale William (Bill) Kellas
MI 1957, Mawson 1960

I am writing to let you know my Husband William (Bill) Kellas died on 20.1.2013 aged 79. Bill was a member of Anare for many years. He wintered at Macquarie Island in 1957 and Mawson in 1960.
l have asked a dear friend and wintering companion of my late Husband to write an article for the Aurora magazine
l just wanted you to know he has passed away.
thanking you Sally Kellas.-Feb 2013.

Vale Jim Haggart
Round Trip 1983, 1984

The ANARE Club were advised that Jim Haggart passed away on 5 January 2013.
Jim went on two summer Antarctic trips in 1983 and 1984 as a metallurgist
and he was the Social Secretary of the Club from 1983 to 1994.
A memorial service was held on
Wednesday January 16th 2.30pm at W. D. Rose Chapel, 139 Marriage Road, Brighton. Vic
He was a member of the Melbourne Cricket Club and a tour guide for visitors to the famous site

Vale Brian V Jabs - Davis 1961

Brian V Jabs passed away on the 2nd February 2013.
The funeral I believe will be next week his death notice will be in Canberra's Saturday Canberra Times.
I know Vic was the ACT contact person.
Regards Julie (long time family friend) 6/2/13

Vale Ole Handorf -Chief Steward Dan ships.

Vale Ole Handorf, former Chief Steward (Hovmester) on the JL polar expedition ships;. Kista Dan, Magga Dan, Thala Dan and Nella Dan.

Ole passed away yesterday Saturday 26 October 2013 . Funeral to take place in Hobart on Friday 1st November. Funeral details will be in the Hobart papers on Tuesday next. It is believed that Ole did close to 90 voyages to the Antarctic on board the Dan ships during his years onboard - Ole was 75 years.
From Jorgen Berg ANARE Club Member28/10/13


Vale Peter King -MI 48, BAS 53, BAS 55, M 57, M 58, C 77, MI 79.

Peter Wylie King passed away peacefully at Karingal, Devonport on September 4, 2013, aged 92. 

Peter had become increasingly frail over the last few years. However he remained cognitively sharp and always liked to talk about his great love for his time with ANARE. He certainly had enough to talk about: Peter wintered at Macquarie Island in 1948, with the British Antarctic survey at Hope Bay in 1953 and John Biscoe in 1955, Mawson back to back in 1957 and 1958, Casey 1977, and finally Macquarie Island 1979. 

Peter told me once...'I never dreamed I'd ever get down there... The ship I was on was sold in Shanghai. I had it in my contract to come to Australia...That was in 47. ANARE had just started and I said to me mates '..oohh I'd love to go'...and a mate replied 'write to Douglas Mawson'.. 

Peter will be greatly missed by his Tasmanian and other ANARE friends. His stories will be remembered, not only now, but also in the future as he made over 5 hours of recordings as part of the ANARE oral history project. A copy of these recordings is also held by the BAS archives.

A funeral service will be held at the Karingal where Peter had lived for the last 10 years, in the Chapel, Lovett Street, Devonport on Tuesday September 10, 2013 at 2 pm
From Anare Tas Newsletter

Vale Colin Perger - Casey 1972


Colin Perger had a heart attack over the weekend and passed away peacefully on Tue 13 Aug 2013 -Aged 72 years. The funeral will be at 11 am on Friday, 16 August, at the Knox Community Baptist Church in 17-19 Falconer Road, Boronia. Vic. 
Colin was a lovely bloke and absolute gentleman.
Infor from -Email J.Gillies,R.Fletcher, phonecall-D.Twigg & Herald-Sun tributes 14/8/13
PERGER. Colin Stanley. Passed away peacefully on Tuesday Aug 13. 2013 Aged 72 years Loved and loving husband of Doreen. Loved father and father-in-law of Stephen and Maria, Mark and Belinda. Loving and proud Poppy Perger of Nick and Tarah, Luke, Brianna, Jacob, Riley, Cody and Great Poppy of Jaiggah, Decoea, and Asiah - See more at:

PERGER. Colin Stanley. Passed away peacefully on Tuesday Aug 13. 2013 Aged 72 years Loved and loving husband of Doreen. Loved father and father-in-law of Stephen and Maria, Mark and Belinda. Loving and proud Poppy Perger of Nick and Tarah, Luke, Brianna, Jacob, Riley, Cody and Great Poppy of Jaiggah, Decoea, and Asiah. - See more at:
PERGER. Colin Stanley. Passed away peacefully on Tuesday Aug 13. 2013 Aged 72 years Loved and loving husband of Doreen. Loved father and father-in-law of Stephen and Maria, Mark and Belinda. Loving and proud Poppy Perger of Nick and Tarah, Luke, Brianna, Jacob, Riley, Cody and Great Poppy of Jaiggah, Decoea, and Asiah. - See more at:
PERGER. A Thanksgiving Service for the life of Mr Colin Stanley Perger will be held on FRIDAY (Aug. 16, 2013) at 11 a. m. in the Knox Comunity Baptist Church, 17-19 Falconer Rd Boronia. CREMATION - See more at:

Vale Horace Down - Mawson 1969, PCM 1970, Casey 1979.

PictureHorrie Down passed away recently from cancer.  He wintered in Mawson in 1969 and then in Casey (with me) in 1979.  He was good friend of mine, we both live in Townsville.
Email from
Emanuel Hedanek (Papa George). C79, C83, C86, M81.

Vale Ross Laurence Harvey - Wilkes 1959, Mawson 1962

Born 12th November, 1927 - Died 23rd December, 2012
It is with deep regret that I advise the passing away of Ross Laurence
Harvey after battling cancer at his home Lord Howe Island on Sunday 23rd December, 2012. Ross was well respected Radio Operator at Wilkes 1959 and Mawson 1962. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
advised by David Harvey (brother) Macquarie Island 1969

Vale George Hamm - Mawson 1968- OIC

Regret to advise passing of George Hamm.  George was a Licensed Surveyor and operated here in Bacchus Marsh for many years retiring from the business a few years ago.
Funeral is Friday April 5th 2pm at St.Bernards Church, Lederderg Street, Bacchus Marsh
Regards Noddy- 30/3/13

Vale Dr  John Hogg - Mawson 1969

Emeritus Professor John OAM.
10.1.1943 - 1.3.2013

Dr John Hogg passed away at his home in Wollongong surrounded by his loving family, after a short and brave battle with Metastatic Melanoma.

"A gentleman beyond all description", his loss will be felt by many from old school mates, fellow Antarctic expeditioners, by patients, colleagues, students, friends and family.

He made an outstanding contribution to the practice of medicine in the Illawarra over the past three decades culminating in his pivotal role in the establishment of the Graduate School of Medicine, at the University of Wollongong.

The University has generously offered to host a Memorial Service to provide an opportunity to honour his memory.

The Memorial Service will be held at Wollongong University Hall, on Saturday April 6, 2013 at 2 p.m.

Please RSVP -- From Sydney Morning Herald Memorial

Vale  Andrew McLaughlin

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Andrew Mc LaughlinPicture aged 51 years at the Lyell McEwin Hospital at Elizabeth in South Australia on 16th October 2012 after a major, courageous battle with cancer for 2 1/2 years.  

Andy was a Casey 2000 Winter Electrician and he also took on extra responsibility as  the Deputy Fire Captain and the Post Master.

Antarctica had been a dream for Andy for many years and he was very enthusiastic about all aspects of station life. He was a warm and friendly expeditioner who liked to socialise but most of all he loved to get out into the field away from the warmth and modernity of the Casey Red Shed!

Our thoughts are with his wife Liz and two children Sean and Erin in South Australia and his parents Ken and Jan in Tasmania.

Marilyn Boydell

Vale Neil Streten, 1933-2012

PictureNeil Streten was a man who loved wild places. He died in Melbourne on 28th August 2012. Neil retired as Deputy Director (Services) in Jan 1997 after 46 years with  the Bureau of Meteorology. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1998 for services to meteorology. He was respected chair, for 14 years, of WMO's working group on Antarctic Meteorology, which was Neil's most passionate scientific interest. There is part of Antarctica that will be forever Neil: Cape Streten - an ice cape on the north-eastern part of Sakellari Peninsula, Enderby Land

Neil wintered at Mawson in 1960-61 and  returned to Antarctica on round trips in 1980 and 1993 and he also worked in Alaska. Neil's ashes have been taken to both Mawson and Alaska.
Abstract taken from Weather News Spring/Summer 2012-Denise Allen