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Obituaries & Tributes

Obituaries and Tributes 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