Harrison George “Harry” Eastoe

Vale- Harrison George “Harry” Eastoe

Station Year Season
Mawson 1970 Winter

I like to regretfully advise that my father, and member of your organisation ‘Harrison George Eastoe’ (Mawson 1970) has passed away on Sunday 15th October in Mackay.
For anybody interested in attending, a funeral service will be held on Friday 27th October at ‘Newhaven Funerals’ 218 Harbour Rd, Mackay Harbour 4740.
If there is any further information I can provide please dont hesitate to make contact.
Email received from Lloyd Eastoe 18/10/17

It is with sadness that I let you know that Harrison George “Harry” Eastoe Of Ball Bay passed away peacefully on Sunday the 15th of October 2017, aged 73 years. Harry (my mum’s cousin) wintered at Mawson with my father Steve Harbour in 1970. I believe Harry was the radio operator.
An extract from my dad’s Antartic Diary – 23-03-1970 – At 1600: I spotted a snowtrac coming up the hill toward us. It was a welcoming party. John, Harry, Dave Robertson, Jan, Paul and Smith were up to greet us. Peter and I hopped down and there was much hand shaking and joking. Harry decided to travel down with me in the D5 so Peter went in the snowtrac. Jan went with Bob. Harry, the rotten sod, had a small bottle of rum with him (supposedly to ward off the cold!) but in my tired and dry condition it did me no good. By the time we reached Gwamm we were both singing heartily! It nearly led to disaster though as my judgement was somewhat impaired and we went well off course. In fact we were heading straight for the ice cliffs of West Bay. I realised my error and swung right and headed down to Mawson. Apparently Jan and Bob had a similar bottle and they, laughing and singing, were following me. When I swung right, Bob did the same and rolled the two caravans. What a homecoming!
Funeral service to be held in Mackay Qld on Friday 27th October. Funeral arrangements to be advised in Saturday’s Daily Mercury https://www.dailymercury.com.au/classifieds/mackay/notices/
Email received from Justin Harbour 18/10/17