ANARE Club Members Tribute to Dr Phil Law
by Dr Sue Halliwell – Friday 23 April 2010, Melbourne
It was a grey day with light, misty rain, not unlike a typical day on Macca, where many comrades and colleagues, friends, relatives and acquaintances gathered at the ANARE Club’s invitation, to pay tribute to the remarkable life of Dr. Phillip Garth Law.
Australian Antarctic Division Tribute to Dr Phil Law
He considered his greatest achievement, as leader of the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition (ANARE) parties, to be the first landings at Larsemann Hills, where ice-free peaks rise to 500ft. He began the attempt in February 1958 aboard the especially-strengthened Greenland charter ship Thala Dan, only to find that her master was a man of “remarkable timidity”, reluctant to move inshore in uncharted, ice-infested waters.
News Media Tributes to Dr Phil Law
Obituary by Martin Schulz, Melbourne Herald Sun, 1 March 2010
“Antarctic pioneer Dr Phillip Law dies, aged 97, in Melbourne
THE Melbourne explorer who first laid eyes on two million sq/km of Antarctica and set up Australia’s three bases there, has died aged 97.
Dr Phillip Law helped map nearly 5000km of the Antarctic coastline and established the Mawson, Davey and Casey stations.
Conquering the Challenges: Phillip Law and Antarctica
A Transcript of Fred Elliott’s Presentation at the Phil Law Antarctic Science Symposium
On Saturday, the 13th of February, 1954, I was one of a group of men standing in a semicircle at Horseshoe Harbour while Phil read out a proclamation naming the new station “Mawson”. The National Anthem was self- consciously sung and Phil gave Dick Thompson the nod to unfurl the flag, which Dick had attached to a temporary flagpole lashed to a sledge caravan.
Dick tugged the lanyard, but there was some difficulty as the flag refused to unfurl. On the third tug the mast fell down to the general guffaws of the troops.