Vale Ralph Dyer

Station Year Season
Mawson 1960 Winter
Mawson 1966 Winter
Macquarie Island 1968 Winter
Davis 1971 Winter

Dear old explorers,

Our ranks thin again! Our much-loved chef, Ralph, died in his sleep early this morning. His friend Marjory phoned me at mid-day with the sad news.

As you may recall, he suffered a stroke on his 90th birthday last year and has been in a Nursing Home in Young, NSW, since that time. His loss of independence was a major challenge.

Marj said he treasured the photo collage George prepared and cards and messages we sent him at the Nursing Home.

Ralph requested no funeral or memorial gathering; we will each remember him in our own way. He did four winters with ANARE: M60 & 66, MI 68 and D71.

We all remember his 7 day per week kitchen contributions at Mawson and the aftermath of mid-night chompers he often discovered in the morning.

Amid the ups and downs of life, I hope this sad message finds you in good spirits.

All the best,


email received from Ian Bird, 20 March 2022