Lynn Saunders

Lynn Saunders

Vale Lynn Saunders   Station Year Season Casey 1969 Winter The Club regrets to advise the passing of Lynn Saunders, Senior Electrical Fitter-Mechanic, Casey 1969. Lyn was one of the electricians to spend the first year at the new Casey station in 1969. An excellent companion and conscientious worker. He attended many reunions over the […]

Mid Winter Dinner 2022

Mid Winter Dinner 2022

17 June Friday  Victoria Melbourne
TBA June Saturday South Australia Adelaide
TBA  June Saturday Tasmania – Hobart
20/21 June ANARE Stations Mawson, Casey, Davis and Macquarie Island.
TBA June Wednesday Country –  Binalong NSW
TBA June Friday  Queensland– Brisbane
TBA June Saturday?  Queensland – Townsville OR  contact Andrew Hucker, Ph: (07) 4779 8674  Email: Andrew
TBA June Friday Australian Capital Territory Canberra 
25 June Saturday New South Wales Sydney
TBA June Northern Territory – Alice Springs and Darwin
TBA June Western Australia – Perth –  Email  Lee Sice

Mid Winter Dinner 2021

Mid Winter Dinner 2021

18 June Friday  Victoria Melbourne
TBA June Saturday South Australia Adelaide
19  June Saturday Tasmania – Hobart
21/22 June ANARE Stations Mawson, Casey, Davis and Macquarie Island.
TBA June Wednesday Country –  Binalong NSW
TBA June Friday   Queensland– Brisbane
TBA June Saturday?   Queensland – Townsville OR  contact Andrew Hucker, Ph: (07) 4779 8674  Email: Andrew
TBA June Friday Australian Capital Territory Canberra 
26 June Saturday New South Wales Sydney
TBA June Northern Territory – Alice Springs and Darwin
TBA June Western Australia – Perth –  Email  Lee Sice

Mid Winter Dinner 2020

Mid Winter Dinner 2020

Due to COVID-19 restrictions in place in varying stages for each State, the ANARE Club and their regions are not organising any Mid-Winter gatherings this year. Individual State branches may still hold small gatherings, in line with State imposed restrictions.

The Club participated in a Virtual Drinks with both Casey and Davis offering a toast to celebrate their Mid Winter festivities.

ANARE Club AGM 2020

ANARE Club A.G.M.
15 Aug 2020 – Brisbane and Zoom

Due to COVID restrictions this year and restrictions on large gatherings, there may be a small gathering in Brisbane
(Venue: ONE FIFTY, 150 Racecourse Road, Ascot, Brisbane Qld)
and all Club members outside of Qld are invited to attend via Zoom.
If you would like to attend the AGM via Zoom, please email Webmaster

If you are unable to attend in person or via “Zoom”, please submit a Proxy form which can be downloaded

AGM Proxy Form.pdf
Please email the completed form to secretary@anareclub.org.au

Phil Law Medal 2020

2020 Phil Law Medal

Sydney (Syd) Lorrimar Kirkby

In recognition of his outstanding Contribution to Antarctic affairs and the Antarctic Community, particularly for his Leadership and Achievement in the field of Exploration Surveying and Mapping of Australian Antarctic Territory.

To be presented at the AGM
Brisbane 15 August 2020

Dr Roger Guard- HI 1986

Sadly Antarctic connection to passengers on MH17 Vale Dr Roger Guard- HI 1986 & wife Dr Jill Guard Peter Keage contacted me today to advise that Dr Roger Guard  who was a member of a small ANARE Expedition to Heard Island 14/11/1986 – 21/1/1987 was aboard the ill fated flight MH17. Sadly Dr Guard and his wife […]

Raymond David “BIG FELLA” Ash

Vale Raymond David “BIG FELLA” Ash
(1927 to 2014)

Ray was born on 30 June at Parramatta and educated at Parramatta State School and Granville Technical College before entering his apprenticeship as an electrician.

Ray has an early fascination with aircraft and spent many years building and flying powered aircraft and gliders. parachuting for pleasure. His stories inspired at least two others of our team to learn to fly later on.

Ray was happily married to Mavis for many years and loved his daughter Peggy and his grandchildren very much.

Wilkes 1963 expeditioners will remember “The Big Fella” as a wonderful companion, a very important member of our tea and a great bloke who was always willing to provide that helping hand when you needed it.

Ray has joined most of the 1963 team in heaven, waiting for the rest of the lads to arrive before setting off to explore that new world.

Goodbye Ray. We will remember.
Ed Davern on behalf of the Wilkes 1963 expedition members.

Published Aurora Journal Summer 2014

Bruce Allport

Vale Bruce Allport
(1940 to 2014)

Bruce was a Radio Officer at Mawson in 1964 and died on 13 November 2014 in Pattaya, Thailand, aged 74, after suffering a series of brain tumours and cancer. He is survived by his daughter Tanya, son-in-law John, grand-daughters Zarah and Ana Lucia, sister Pat and brother Peter.

A Kiwi and a dedicated follower of the All Blacks, Bruce was trained as a Radio Operator with the Department of Civil Aviation in New Zealand. After working in NZ, Fiji and Australia, he achieved the pinnacle of his career in radio when accepted for the position of Radio Officer at Mawson.

During his 14 months down there, he assisted in many facets of Antarctic life. In addition to his radio duties, he was especially drawn to assisting the mechanics with the maintenance and preparation of the Caterpillar D4s, the SnoTracs and Weasels. All vehicles used in the three month expedition to the Prince Charles Mountains, for which he was appointed Radio Operator.

Returning from the Prince Charles Mountains, he was despatched, on the Nella Dan, to Enderby Land where he was a member of one of the survey parties which carried out a tellurometer traverse, passing through Leckie range in early 1965. It was as a consequence of his work at that time, that Mt. Allport was named after him.

His Antarctic experience uncovered a spirit of adventure in Bruce, especially that of the sea and he spent many of the ensuing years dedicated to a nautical life. After obtaining his Master’s Certificate he sailed the world – from Chinese Junks, to cargo vessels and finally, delivering luxury yachts to many exotic destinations. He finally settled in Thailand, where he was a part owner of an expatriates’ bar, until his passing in November.

Les Miller. Mawson 1964

Published Aurora Journal Summer 2014

Danny “Finster” Foster

Vale Danny “Finster” Foster

(1937 – 2014)

Danny passed away peacefully at his home on October 14, 2014 in Sarasota, Florida, following a long and hard fought battle with cancer.

Danny wintered at the original Wilkes Station in 1962, and was one of a group of four United States Meteorological personnel which shared duties with two Australian weather observers, Leon Fox and Eric Clague. Wilkes was originally built and manned by U.S. personnel from 1957 to 1959. (In 1959 the United States gifted the station to Australia, but continued to maintain a meteorological interest in its’ operations until the end of 1963, when the last group of Americans returned home).

I first met Danny L. Foster (aka ‘Finster’) in the original Antarctic Division Office at 187 Collins Street Melbourne Victoria in 1961. Later that day (as you do) we adjourned to the City Club Hotel handily situated at 207 Collins Street. It was not a great start for a Wintering Party, as the 4 Americans secluded themselves at one end of the bar, and their Australian counterparts at the other.

I was to share a room at Wilkes with Danny, and found out that the American group was at first mortified with we Australians because they could not understand us – we spoke too quickly and used so much slang. This of course soon changed and they were a great foursome. We all had a terrific 12 months together. Danny’s American colleagues were Burton (Bert) Goldenberg, (Meteorologist), Steve Bone, (Meteorologist and Physicist), and Marvin Haunn, (Engineer, electronics). The Americans, very much part of an Australian expedition, travelled to and from Wilkes on the Thala Dan.

Danny was a very clever person and had a fantastic sense of humour – his infectious laugh started from his boots and his whole body shook. He was the most popular person throughout the whole year at Wilkes. He was a member of the Vostok Trip that to this day remains one of the EPIC trips in Antarctica. His nickname ”Finster” was bestowed upon him from one of the old Cartoons and movies we had at the Station. ‘Baby Face Finster’ was a gangster character who robbed a bank and disguised his getaway imitating a baby –  someone suggested he looked like Danny – and the name stuck to this day.

On our return to Australia in 1963 Danny and I decided to spend some of our ”hard earned’ cash and did a world tour together. We finished up at his small home town – Loudonville, Ohio – which he incessantly talked about, and obvious loved dearly. When I got there it was like I knew everything about it – The locals were absolutely marvellous people and I was made more than welcome, especially coming from Victoria, as one of the local industries was building buses for a large Victorian town – Geelong. A few years later we met up again in Melbourne, when Danny returned as part of his work as Head of Overseas Operations for the U.S. Meteorological Operations.

I consider my encounter with Danny and his lifelong friendship one of the highlights of my lifetime and describe him – to use an Aussie expression – “A Bloody Good Bloke”.

Through Mrs. Foster, one of Danny’s nieces has provided me with additional information about Danny.

Danny was born in Loudonville, Ohio, on August 20, 1937, the son of Carl and Thelma Foster. He was a 1955 graduate of Loudonville High School. Danny soon joined the Navy where he became interested in meteorology. He ventured on assigned treks to the Arctic and Antarctica where he was involved in international meteorological research.

In November, 1962, the goal of a lifetime was achieved when Danny became one of the first non-Russians to arrive at Vostok station, the coldest place on earth. (Vostok, the Russian station, having been temporarily vacated and left standing). Four Australians, one American, (Danny), and a New Zealander, travelled over 900 miles of uncharted territory over the Antarctic Plateau. A book, “The Coldest Place on Earth,” by Robert Thomson, was written about their expedition where temperatures reached 100 degrees Fahrenheit below zero.

Danny went on to earn a degree in engineering from the University of Michigan. Danny served, for most of his career, as head of Overseas Operations for the National Weather Service, NOAA. In that position, Danny travelled throughout the world assisting other nations to take much needed weather observations, which, especially in the days before satellite images, were critical for predicting weather in the United States, particularly hurricane forecasting. People throughout the Americas, as well as Europe, Asia, and Africa, respected Danny and he received many honours for the vital work that he did. In addition, Danny personally mentored others, both overseas and in the NWS, and provided higher education for select individuals, who later became leaders in their country. He served as Chairman of the Geneva-based World Meteorological Organization’s Technical Assistance Program for many years and was instrumental in coordinating agreements between nations.

Danny was well loved by his colleagues throughout the world and will be sorely missed by the nations and international organizations he helped. In addition to his professional career, he was an accomplished pianist and an avid Ohio State football fan.

Danny is survived by Lois, his wife of 47 years, a brother, three nieces and two nephews. A memorial service will be planned in Loudonville at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice and The Humane Society of the donor’s choice.

John O’Shea, Wilkes 1962.

Taken from Aurora Journal Summer 2014