Phil Law -
His Final Wishes
Phillip Garth Law stated in his last will and testament...'..My ashes and those of my said late wife are to be transported to Mawson Station in Antarctica on the A.N.A.R.E. relief ship and are to be interred on the West Arm of Horseshoe Harbour at Mawson beneath a cairn of stones near the graves of other A.N.A.R.E. men already resting there.'
An appropriate headstone of Mawson rock is to be erected there on which is to be affixed a bronze plaque carrying the following inscription:
Here lie the ashes of
Nellie Isabel Law 1914-1990
Phillip Garth Law 1912-2010
Of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia ...'
The Australian Antarctic Division arranged to transport the ashes of Phil and Nel Law to Mawson station on Voyage 3 in February 2011.
After further discussion within the National Council of the ANARE Club, it was felt that a second bronze plaque should be placed at the cairn site. We all know who Phil Law is, and know of his extensive contribution to Australian Antarctic history, but it is possible that future generations of ANARE expeditioners or travellers visiting Mawson Station may not.
The two plaques accompanied the urns on Voyage 3.
The Chelsea Pensioners kindly donated the Australian flag for use in the 'handover' ceremony at Mawson. The ANARE Club flag was donated by the Club, and was draed on the table displaying the urns at the 'handover' ceremony in the Red Shed at Mawson. Both of these flags are historical assets and will remain the property of the ANARE Club.
I would like to formally thank Bridget Payne at the Australian Antarctic Division for all her planning. All along, Bridget has been committed to good communication with the ANARE Club and had worked extremely hard to ensure that Phil Law's final wishes are enacted.
I also recognise that many ANARE Club members have contributed ideas and enthusiasm to this important event, and I thank you.
Most of all, I would like to recognise the efforts of Ray McMahon. He has done the majority of work from the ANARE Club perspective - organising the second bronze plaque, writing (and agonising) over the eulogies, discussing ideas for the various ceremonies, and most of all, ensuring the whole process is handling with respect and care. Thank you!
The second plaque, provided by the ANARE Club, is as shown below