The photo was taken in 1950 on board the destroyer (Frigate?) HMS Austel Bay which had visited NZ & was on it’s way back to UK. The HMS Austel had dropped into Macquarie Island bringing much needed supplies. Myself being an old salt from WW2 was quite impressed and accepted accordingly.
I am the 2nd on the left. On my right is Cyril Park ,our Engineer, who I think was the son of the Lord Mayor of Hobart at that time but now Cyril is passed on. On my left is the CEO & next to him is the Commanding Officer , ‘Skipper’.( Commander).
The person with his back to us is Jack Windsor, our Senior met. man who unfortunately passed away in January 1951 from peritonitis after an operation by our Doctor Kostos Kalnenas who performed an appendectomy. (The appendix had burst) He is buried on the top of Wireless Hill near Mawson’s old antenna site. Of the Met team I am now the only surviving person (four out of 14 members in the team).
The French ship’ ‘Commandant Charcot’ was 400 miles west of us enroute to their Adelie land Base but they decided to call in to see us and see if they could be of any assistance but unfortunately they could not help Jack as he was beyond any help. This was the beginning that all future expeditioners must have their appendix removed before going down south. John Windsors name is on the plaque in St. Pauls Cathedral in Melbourne alongside my old ship HMAS Australia.