Vale Chris Hutchison

Station Year Season
Prince Charles Mountains 1969/70 Summer

With sadness the ANARE Club advises of the passing of Chris Hutchison on 24 August 2023, and we extend our condolences to his family and friends.

Notified by by John Manning 10 January 2024

VALE – Christopher Richard Hutchison, 1943 – 2023

Surveyor, Prince Charles Mountains 1969/70  Summer Party.

From John Manning

“On 30th August 2023 I attended the funeral and wake of Chris Hutchison, a gifted private surveyor in Newcastle.

Chris was in the 1969/70 Prince Charles Mountains summer party working from Moore Pyramid base camp. He occupied several mountains with John Major, geophysicist. He designed an observing tent for precision theodolite work  which we used to great effect for the next 15 years in the mountains.

On return to Melbourne, Chris was then selected by Natmap to winter at Casey as surveyor, to participate in 1971 glaciology work south of law dome. He commenced preparation and training for the survey, but in May decided instead to return to Newcastle and open his own Survey practice. Which he did, and ran brilliantly utilising emerging technology for more than forty years.

Chris always maintained a close interest in Australian Antarctic activities until his death in 2023.”

Hutchison Nunatak – A nunatak about 1.6 km east of Mount Thomas in the Prince Charles Mountains. Mapped from air photographs taken by ANARE in 1960. Named after C.R. Hutchison, surveyor with the ANARE Prince Charles Mountains survey party in 1970

See also:

Tribute to Chris Hutchison by AIMS – The Australian Institute of Mine Surveyors