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A Word from the President

A message from the President, December 2018. JoeJohnson

National Council met for the first time in October and Council will be meeting again on Saturday 23 February, at the Bayview Eden hotel 6 Queen’s Road Melbourne.

National Council invites any Victorian members who would be interested to meet with us after the meeting concludes at around 4pm. George Cresswell will present an illustrated talk on motor cycles in Antarctica after which all are welcome to join us in the bar and for an evening meal at the hotel.

We have a new Director of the Australian Antarctic Division to replace Dr Nick Gales who is retiring. The new Director is Mr Kim Ellis, currently the Executive Director of the Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parkland’s in Sydney, a position he has held since 2014. Prior to that position Mr Ellis has been the CEO of BAC Airports (Bankstown, Camden and Hoxton Park airfields) a position he held from 2001-2010. This position was his second in aviation management, having been Head of Passenger Services Group at Sydney airport from 1997-2001 which included the period of the Sydney Olympics. Before that Mr Ellis had served in the Australian Army in logistic appointments which included amphibious ship to shore operations with the AAD at Macquarie Island, Mawson and Davis. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon.

Mr Ellis will take up his appointment with the AAD in February and I will be seeking a meeting with him as soon as possible after that date.

On Thursday 8 November I had the privilege of being invited, with Mr Charlton Clark (representing Dr Nick Gales) to open the Phillip Law Library in the Royal Society of Victoria’s building in Melbourne. As most of you will know, both J K Davis and Phil Law are past presidents of the Society and there has been a very long tradition of involvement by the Royal Society in Antarctica.

The Royal Society of Victoria continues to convene Victoria’s science community. It is the State’s oldest learned society and a part of Australia’s intellectual life since 1854. The Society provides a dynamic program of lectures, symposia and forums about science.

In more recent times, Phil Law, a member of the Royal Society since his days at the University of Melbourne’s Physics Department, encouraged close co-operation between the Society and the early ANARE. Phil was the President of the Society in 1967-68, and on his death left a very substantial legacy to it. Part of this legacy is the Royal Society of Victoria's Phillip Law Postdoctoral Award in the Physical Sciences, a highly sought-after recognition for emerging physicists.

You will also find on this site an announcement about the 65th Anniversary of Mawson function to be held in Hobart on Saturday 7 September 2019. I would encourage as many members as possible to attend this, especially old Mawsonians. Our Special Events subcommittee has got this function well in hand and is to be congratulated on its endeavours to date.

Finally I would like to wish all members a very happy and safe Christmas holiday and a successful new year.

As we used to say “WYWYE”

Joe Johnson