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New South Wales- Midwinter
Not exactly Sydney. For the second year the NSW Branch travelleed to the Blue Mountains for Midwinter Lunch, this time to Leura and the restaurant Flemish Flavours. After the AGM and the obligatory group photo outdoors on a crisp winter day, the party, numbering 31 expeditioners and guests, adjourned to the cosy indoors.
The toast to ANARE was given by our MC David Ellyard (M66, Club berth 03/04, 11/12) and responded to by Jeremy Smith (SLQ96 10, D01 03, C05 07/08), who celebrated being able to explore new places or work he'd never heard of as well as new areas of work and of course new people. The Toast to Expeditioners was given by Trevor Olrog (Q65, W67) and responded to by Graeme “Chompers” Currie (M60, 77 W63,67 C69,74 South Pole 81 Q83,85,89 Bunger Hills 84/85 RV Hero), who has chalked up 11 winters (pipped, now, by one chap and equalled by another) and seven summers and who regaled us with his job interviews by Phil Law. One of the big differences he noted in the modern expeditions is that you can be in Hobart in the morning and, with two flights at Mawson that afternoon!
Lucinda Coates (PCM91/92, Club Berth 01/02,17) gave a well-received presentation on her trip trip as the Club's representative on V3 of the 2016-17 season, visiting Mawson and Davis (See Autumn 2017 issue of Aurora).
David recalled the various anniversaries that fall in 20176; the 70th anniversary of ANARE and of the base at Heard Island, the 60th anniversary of Davis Station, opened for the International Geophysical Year, and the 30th anniversary of the loss of the Nella Dan off Macquarie Island. She dragged her moorings, ran aground and was holed, and an often questioned decision made to scuttle her. David also reported on the gathering at Newcastle Cathedral to mark the centenary of the loss of the SY Aurora with all hands while carrying coal to Chile.
Our enjoyment of the excellent video provided by the Division on the year past was impaired by a computer tht could not quite keep up, but we could certainly see how varied and successful the year had been.
A minutes silence was called to recognise the NSW based recently-departed expeditioners Bill Storer (MI51 M54), Arthur Giese (HI53 M85 and MI85) and Eddie Davan (W63 67). Following recent tradition Call of the Years was done by decade. Just three expeditioners represented the “teens”; 2010-17 amd we're trying to do something about that! The other decades had better representation: ten for 2000-09, 13 for 1990-99, nine for 1980-89, eight for 1970-79 and six for 1960-69. “Chompers” Currie was “the last man standing” for his winter at Mawson in 1960. Sadly we had no representatives for any years prior to that.
We were however graced by the company of two LARCies, Scott Dempster (HI87-88, V6 88-89, Vs 91-92, C11-12) and Kevin Mauger (HI87-88, Vs 88-89 91-92, C 89-90) and it was great to see them along. One of Scott's trips to HI was the longest deployment of Army LARCies on record – six months from September to March, which was a lovely surprise to Scott at the time.
Less that a year till be gather again on 30 June 2018.
Who was there;
David Ellyard M66 Club rep voyages 03/04 11/12
Lucinda Coates PCM 91/92 Club rep voyages 01/02 16/17
Kirstie Fryirs C08/09 09/10
Lindsay Stubbs M79
Owen Holmwood M89 Club rep voyage 09/10
Colin Christiansen M C D HI RRS John Biscoe 71-02
John Rankin M66
Margaret Whitelaw D04/05 Club rep voyage 10/11
Murray Doyle Aurora Australis 96-04 06-16
Jeremy Smith SL M96,10 D01,03 C05 07/08
Ingrid Pottage MI96
Dave Pottage C M MI 72-96
Scott Dempster LARC HI C voyages 87-12
Kevin Mauger LARC HI C voyages 87-90
Leon Sawyer C71 75
Ron Webb MI72 MI83 Commonwealth Bay 04
Steve Symonds MI72 Club rep voyage 99/00
Rowan Butler M C Bunger Hills Nella Dan 81-87
Trevor Olrog MI65 W67
Graeme Currie M W C MI South Pole RV Hero 60-89
Patrick Haynes FIDS/BAS Base F/Argentine Islands 60-61 Halley Bay 65-66
Neil MacDonald M76
Robert Sutton MI65 M99
Ross McCallum AA90-95
Patricia Selkirk MI C HI 10 summers 79-04
Herbert Dartnell BAS Signy, SANAE Gough Island ANARE 73-08
Craig Austin C72
Ray Brookes D72 74 Commonwealth Bay 77/78
John Pinn M57
Paddy and Ann Butterworth BM87 91 QANTAS 12
Dale Main C MI M 88-
John and Barbara Seaton M56 (RAAF)
Mike and Carol Morgan Enderby Land 74/75 75/76
Dave Bishop C70 D73
Des Ros Heard and McDonald Islands 1980
Peter Hay FIDS/BAS T/Adelaide Island 60-61 RRS John Biscoe 66-67
John Manning M67 PCM Enderby Land
Phil and Donna Silvestro C81/82 Club rep voyage 05/06
Richard Cotton RRS John Biscoe 75-79
Dick Thompson ANARE/AAD HI MI M D 49-60