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Obituaries and Tributes 2020

Vale - Brian "Slim" Harley

Station Year Season
Casey 1983 Comms Officer
Casey 1987 Comms Officer

I learnt last week of the passing of Brian "Slim" Harley Slim was Comms officer Casey 83, and I think another year Not sure. Slim had been in poor health for some time there Was a private service.

Email received from Brian Harvey 30 June 2020


Vale - Dr. John Annexstad

Station Year Season
Macquarie Island 1966/67 Seismologist

I am writing to inform you of the passing of John Annexstad, former ANARE Club member, NASA scientist, geomagnetition and Antarctic meteorite team lead.

From Steffan M Johnson

Email received from Steffan M Johnson 28 June 2020


Vale - James Douglas Creed

Station Year Season
Macquarie Island 1958 Winter

My father James Douglas Creed aka "Jim" passed away on 15/06/2020. He was part of the 1958 Marquarie Island expedition & was by his own claims the "official photographer".

regards Colin Creed

Email received from Colin Creed 23 June 2020


Vale - Dr Peter Nickolls

Station Year Season
Casey 1999 Station Doctor

Just to let you know of the passing of Dr Peter Nickolls. We have been mates since uni days.
Colin Elston

During his year at Casey Peter was involved in the collaborative studies on human immunological research between the AAD and NASA, research instituted and supervised by Dr Des Lugg, Head of Polar Medicine at the Division.

The death notice was in SMH of 18 June 2020

NICKOLLS Dr Peter Michael
2.3.44 - 13.6.20

Loving husband of Ros. Beloved father and father-in-law to Jackie & Dennis, Claire & James. Adored grandad to Seb, Alex, Bella & Hamish. Devoted master of his dog, Lucy. Cherished friend to many.

We have lost a wonderful human being. A polymath without any pretence at all. An athlete who never looked for applause. A scientist and doctor who lived to help others. A humanitarian who tried to make a better life for those in distress. Where does one look to find another like him?

Privately cremated.

A celebration of Pete's life will be arranged in due course.

The family wish to express their sincere gratitude to the incredible staff at St Vincent's Care Services, Bronte.

Email received from Colin Elston 19 June 2020


Vale - Duncan Alexander Brown

Station Year Season
Macquarie Island 1956 Winter
Mawson 1958 Winter
Davis 1961 Winter

Roger Brown has advised that his father Duncan Alexander Brown (Alex) passed away on Thursday April 14. Alex was Radio Operator on Macquarie Island in 1956 and Mawson in 1958 and Radio Supervisor at Davis in 1961. He carried out research on Snow Petrels at Mawson and Davis. For many years he was proof reader of Aurora for Malcolm Kirton and later John Gillies. Alex provided the ANARE years of his autobiography to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery along with items of ANARE clothing in recent years.

Email received from John Gillies 17 May 2020


Vale - John Seaton

Station Year Season
Mawson 1956 Winter

Very sad to see the death notice of RAAF Man John Seaton, who died on Tuesday aged 93. He and Barbara were stalwarts and came to many MWDs. He was the last man standing last time and previously. He had a fascinating career post Mawson 56. I think he may have been the first to sight the PCMs. I have now lost my chance to interview him and record his experiences for posterity. The consequence of procrastination. The notice said he was cremated privately and that there will be a memorial service when circumstances allow.

Email received from David Ellyard 18 Apr 2020


Vale - George Seidl

Station Year Season
Macquarie Island 1978 Winter
Mawson 1980 Winter
Davis 1984 Winter
Casey 1986 Winter

Sad news I'm afraid - we have lost another Macquarie Island '78 mate and it has taken this long to find out. For some time now I have been wondering about George "The Magnificent" Seidl. A few weeks ago I checked George's details on White Pages and discovered he had not moved from where he was post 1978 so I rang and left a message on the answer phone.

Today Ljubov, George's wife has telephoned me advising me that sadly George passed away on 3rd June 2019

Email received from Ralph Fletcher 2 Mar 2020


Vale - Shane Phelps

Station Year Season
Davis 1993 Winter

I would like to announce the passing of my father, Shane Phelps (5 June 55 - 19 January 20). Shane was based out of Casey {should be Davis} station as the Plant Inspector in 92/94 period including Tassie time. Photos from the time reveal a lot of good friends enjoying their isolated time together.

His funeral will be held in Townsville at Morley's funeral at 11.00am 9 March 20

Email received from Kane Phelps (son) 2 Mar 2020


Vale - Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper
Station Year Season
Mawson 1969 Winter - Cosmic Ray Physicist

Gary Cooper, Cosmic Ray Physicist, Mawson 1969, died 21st February on his 78th birthday. He is survived by his wife Margaret (Maggie), daughter Sarah and son Andrew. Gary replaced Attila Vrana as CosRay who said he was always jovial and happy, and was known as Mini-Cooper around the University of Tasmania where he worked for a time. He wintered with glaciologist Ian Allison who described Gary as a great contributor to the success of the wintering party that year, and earned the nickname Gino. After his tour down south, Gary worked for many years in the Federal Parliamentary Library in Canberra as a researcher for parliamentarians, specialising in producing briefing papers on scientific topics, before retiring to the south coast of NSW where he was active in many community activities. Our heart-felt sympathies go out to Margaret, Sarah and Andrew at this very sad time.

Email received from David Parer 21 Feb 2020