Patricia and her husband, Herbert Dartnal,l were accompanied by their daughters, both of whom have been south. They are Kath Selkirk, 2006 round trip ANARE Casey-Macquarie Island and Jenny Selkirk, 1989-90 summer ANARE Macquarie Island, 1992-93 summer ANARE Macquarie Island, 1993-94 summer ANARE Macquarie Island, 2007 April round trip ANARE Macquarie Island. Kath was field assistant to Dr Mary Skotnicki of ANU; in 1989-90 Jenny was one of two field workers for Dr Barry Batts organic chemist at Macquarie University, in subsequent summers she did the fieldwork for her PhD in geomorphology on Macquarie Island landform processes. As Patricia has remarked, it was no wonder the family tended to celebrate Christmas in either October or April!
Herbert’s Antarctic career has included 1974-75 winters BAS Signy Is, 1989-90 summer ANARE Macquarie Island, 1991 winter ANARE Davis, 1992-3 summer BAS South Georgia, 1993 autumn Falkland Is, 2008 Summer SANAE Marion Island.
I considered it a real privilege to share this important occasion with Patricia and her family.
Dr Joe Johnson