Mawson 65th Anniversary Celebration
On 7 September, 2019 in Hobart, Tasmania, a commemorative Dinner to honour the Mawson expeditioners, 1954 -1965, was held on the occasion of the 65th Anniversary of the establishment of the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition (ANARE) Station at Mawson, 13 February, 1954.
271 Guests attended including 35 of the very early veterans (1954 – 1965) as well as family representatives for 10 others. Many later year and current expeditioners were also in attendance along with other interested persons with some association to Mawson.
VIDEO OF DINNER & ARCHIVAL VIDEO SHOWN AT THE EVENT NOW POSTED ON CLUB VIMEO SITE
Relive the complete event or if you didn’t attend, find out exactly what went on at the Celebration. The event was recorded by Alan Ryan & Ian Toohill, then Alan edited it – it runs for 2hr 40m but it’s posted in chapters so you can dip in and out at leisure. It is in the same album called “MAWSON” as the mute 3 hour Video Compilation (shown at the event). In addition many other videos taken during the early years around Mawson, including ones taken in the Prince Charles Mountains & on the Amery Ice Shelf are also available for viewing here. To watch all the videos go to https://vimeo.com/anareclub/albums
Prints, books & franked stamped envelopes from the Mawson 65th Anniversary Celebrations, as well as from the Heard & Macquarie Island 70th Anniversaries, are listed on the Anniversary Merchandise page In addition, the Mawson 65th Anniversary brochure is available for sale for $30 from email@example.com
Dr Des Lugg AM, former Head Polar Medicine, Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) was MC, Dr Joe Johnson CSC AAM, President ANARE Club, officiated and Dr David Parer introduced the veterans. The ANARE Club was delighted to welcome the Hon. Michael Ferguson, MP, (Representing the Premier of Tasmania); Deputy Lord Mayor of Hobart, Councillor Helen Burnet, (Representing the Lord Mayor of Hobart); Sir Guy Green AC, Hon. Antarctic Ambassador for Tasmania & Lady Green; Mr Robert Bryson (Representing the Director of the Australian Antarctic Division) and Mrs Rita Bryson; Mr Scott Carpentier, (Representing the Director, Bureau of Meteorology) & Ms S. Muller; Dr David Agnew, Director of CCAMLR & Ms Katherine Batts and Mr Dick Smith AC and Mrs Pip Smith AO.
PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION, ARCHIVAL VIDEO & BROCHURE
The evening began early with guests arriving about 4.30 pm to view the photographic exhibition of images old and new, displayed on the walls of the Hobart Function & Conference Centre rooms. These were prepared by David Parer from the AAD archives and other images kindly contributed by past & present expeditioners. During the evening a 3 hour video played continuously (mute) on three large screens. This was compiled by Alan Ryan from 40 hours of AAD & other footage with captions. An 84-page colour brochure for the tables, prepared by Liz Parer-Cook & David Parer, outlined the history of Mawson and listed the wintering parties from 1954 – 1965 with a brief CV of each veteran and many images of life at Mawson, the PCMs & the Amery featured.
PHILLIP LAW MEDAL
RAFFLE & AUCTION
There was a raffle and an auction, run by Trevor Luff, with some great donated prizes, including a large oil painting of Huskies on Ice painted especially for the event by Neil Roberts, a 12 hour scenic flight over Antarctica for two persons with “Antarctica Flights”, prints of the Nella Dan, from the Queensland Branch of the ANARE Club and special commemorative stamps (prepared by David Dodd). A number of sketches, photos, books, commemorative stamps and wine was also raffled. Thanks so much to all the people who donated items & to â€˜Antarctica Flightsâ€™ for their generosity.
Special thanks to Kim Ellis, Director of the Australian Antarctic Division, for allowing us to access archives, maps & images and to his staff for welcoming the veterans to the AAD presentation on Friday 6 September. And to Eliza Grey for coordinating their tour of the Aurora Australis. Also, to the previous Director, Dr Nick Gales for his support of the ANARE Club. Tess Egan, Library Manager, AAD, was especially helpful in searching out a broad range of historical material for us, including group photographs from 1954 -1965. Also thanks to David Smith, Australian Antarctic Data Centre, AAD, for providing a wide selection of maps of the Mawson area; to Dr George Cresswell for help finding satellite images; to Dr Des Lugg whose knowledge of all things Antarctic is invaluable; to Prof Ian Allison, Max Corry, Ian McLeod, and also to John Manning, Bob Jones, Narelle Campbell, Mike Craven, Ivor Harris, Bob McEwan, Ian Bird & George Cresswell who have contributed historical information; thanks to our speakers: John Manning & Rob Bryson, and to the veterans and their families who have journeyed from the far corners of Australia & overseas – for their participation & contributions, without whom such a celebration would not be possible.
Special thanks to all those who entrusted their wonderful images to us for inclusion in the brochure & photo exhibition. This was a self-funded event, so to those who allowed us to print their images and sell them to help recoup costs, we are especially thankful. Contributors include Graham Robertson, Libby Leckie, Damian Macey, Deborah Knuckey, Ian Black, Ian Bird, the M60 party, Attila Vrana, Evan Jones, Max Cutcliffe, Greg Martin, Ian McLeod, Ian Landon-Smith, Rowan Butler, George Cresswell, Peter Clemence, Jennifer Parsons, Max Corry, Syd Kirkby, John Russell, Dave Luders, Alan McLennan, Horst Munstermann, Susan Gordon- Brown for Bob Dingle images, John Gillies for Jim Brook’s panorama, John Manning, Ian Allison, Dave McCormack, Trevor Luff, Kirsty Elliott, Jorgen & Janice Berg, Ted Giddings, Bob McEwan, John Williams, Denise Allen, Barbara Wienecke, Alan McNeill, Narelle Campbell, Di Patterson, Warwick & Lyn Williams, Danny & Judy O’Reilly, Mark Single, Peter Stickland, Ian Toohill, Rob Nash and Grant Reid.
Thanks to Trevor Luff for organising the auction & raffle, Geoff Payne for setting up this website and the links, to Peter Field for posting this, to John Gillies for doing the nametags & to all those who helped run the event on the day. In particular, our thanks for the whole-hearted support of Dr Joe Johnson, President of the ANARE Club, the National Council & the Tasmanian Branch throughout the planning stage of this event.
David Parer, Liz Parer-Cook, David Dodd & Trevor Luff
ANARE Club, Special Events, Mawson 65th Anniversary Dinner
28 October, 2019
Photo Credits: D.Parer, E.Parer-Cook, R.Butler