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Club Management - Your National Council
The management of the Club is entrusted to the Club's National Council, a body of members elected each year at the annual general meeting.  The composition of Councils is prescribed in the Club's Constitution.  All Councillors are volunteers and receive no remuneration apart from reimbursement of costs incurred in carrying out their duties.

A copy of the Club's Constitution and information about administrative matters, may be accessed here.

The members of your National Council 2018-2019 are:

President Dr Joe Johnson
Vice President Dr Lauren Wise and Recruitment Officer and Facebook Editor
Secretary Rob Nash
Treasurer David Dodd
Dr Margaret Whitelaw Membership Officer and Facebook Editor
Geoff Payne Webmaster
Dr George Cresswell
Michael Goldstein
Ron Hann
Trevor Luff
David Parer
Liz Parer-Cook
Ian Toohill
Dr David Ellyard Editor of "Aurora"
Brian Harvey Sales Officer
John Gillies Assistant/Past Editor of "Aurora"

Dr Joe Johnson.
Station Year Season Job
Casey 1981 Winter Officer-in-Charge
Davis 1988 Winter Station Leader

Joe wintered at Casey in 1981 as the Officer-in-Charge and at Davis as the Station Leader in 1998.

He was Voyage Leader on Polar Bird in the 2001/2 summer (during which time the vessel became ‘Mawson East’ during its long besetment) and on Kapitan Khlebnikov on Voyage 1 of 2002.  

He has been a member of the Club since 1982 and has contributed several articles to Aurora. He was awarded the Australian Antarctic Medal in 2001.

In 2000, at the request of the Director, he undertook a review of the role and functions of the Operations Branch at the Australian Antarctic Division.

He was joint author of the feasibility study into the current air link between Australia and Antarctica  and was the Chair of the Australian Antarctic Names and Medals Committee from 2002 to 2014. 

He is a Viet-Nam veteran and spent 38 years in the Australian Army, mainly in the Army Reserve, retiring as a colonel, and holds the Conspicuous Service Cross and the Reserve Forces Decoration.

He has post-graduate degrees in Arts and Laws as well as a PhD, is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and has researched at the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge. He has recently completed a history of the contribution of the Scots to Antarctic exploration which will be published in 2018 by the Erskine Press in the UK under the title Saltire beyond the Sea-Ice.  

Joe served on National Council as an ordinary councillor from 2010 to 2012, during which time he drafted the revised Rules of Association. He was President in 2013-14 and 2014-15, and was re-elected President in 2017. He is well-regarded in the AAD and has over his terms as President enhanced the standing of the Club within the Division's senior management.
He has brought considerable leadership, management and administrative skills to the Presidency during his terms in office and has endeavoured to make National Council truly national, encouraging representatives from all the State and Territory Branches and has taken Council meetings to Sydney and Brisbane as well as Melbourne, and the AGM will be held in Hobart in 2018.

Law, Johnson, Quilty at Davis 1998
Phil Law, Joe Johnson and Pat Quilty at Davis in January 1998, during Phil's last visit to Antarctica

Vice-President and
Recruitment Officer
Dr Lauren Wise.
Lauren is currently employed as the Laboratory Specialist for the Human Impacts Remediation Program at the Australian Antarctic Division, where she commenced work in 2010.

As part of the Remediation Program Lauren has spent field seasons at Macquarie Island (summer 2010/11 and 2012/13) and Casey (summer 2013/14) and is scheduled to return to Casey this summer in 2016/17. Going south strengthened her passion for Antarctica and the role of science in the Antarctic and subAntarctic, she has been involved in various outreach programs with local schools sharing her experiences.

Lauren at work

Lauren has a Bachelor of Science degree with honours majoring in chemistry and biochemistry and a PhD in the field of chemistry. She is member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and has served on the Tasmanian branch committee during her PhD.

Rob Nash.
Rob and Milo

I wintered at Mawson in 1975, '77, and '93 as a Meteorological Observer, and was the OIC Met in 1977.

During those years I also worked extensively with the dogs, and was the Dogman in 1977 and '93.

In 1993 only 6 huskies remained at Mawson, the rest having been removed to Minnesota USA end of 1992. The last huskies left Antarctica with the changeover of the Mawson '93 expeditioners.

Huskies Morrie and Ursa spent their remaining years with me in Altona Meadows Vic and were very active in the fundraising for the Husky sculpture unveiled by the Club in 1997, while huskies Elwood, Bonza were settled in Tasmania.

Rob weighing Morrie'93 with Ursa in pen

I retired from the Bureau of Meteorology end of 2015 after 42 years as an Observer with postings in the NT, Giles weather station WA, and Lord Howe Island before settling in Melbourne in 1988.

David Dodd.

David wintered at Macquarie Island in 1961 as a Met. Observer and as Observer in Charge at Davis in 1963. Sailed south on the Magga Dan, Thala Dan and the Nella Dan and in 2007 tried to rescue the Thala Dan from a ship breakers yard in Rio de Janeiro. He has been a member of the Club since 1974, a Councillor since 2011 and a member of the Aurora Packers group.

After retiring from a lengthy career in Victorian universities and Schools as an administrator, he returned to work part time at the Royal Society of Victoria as a project officer on Antarctic projects, such as the anniversary flyover of the South Magnetic Pole in 2009, the Professor Neumayer Centenary Symposium and still finds time to lecture on board the summer Sightseeing Flights to Antarctica and to write articles on Australian Polar History.

David was also Project Officer for the 150th anniversary commemorations of the Burke and Wills Expedition 1860-61 and as a Committee member of the Burke and Wills Historical Society, travels regularly to Outback Queensland and overseas.

He has a Master's degree on the Germanic connections with the Expedition and has authored a chapter in a recently released book on the Aboriginal contribution to the Expedition.

General Council Member
Membership Officer
Dr Margaret Whitelaw.
Margaret spent the 2004/2005 summer at Davis as a scientist collecting material from Lake Laternula and Watts Lake in the Vestfold Hills as part of her organic geochemistry research.

In 2011 Margaret represented the ANARE Club to accompany  Phil and Nel Law's ashes to be laid to rest at Mawson.

Tourist visits to Macquarie Island, Commonwealth Bay-Mawson's Hut, Dumont d'Urville and the Auckland Islands in 2008. Heard Island in 2012.

Margaret joined the ANARE Club in 2005 and was elected as Vice President of the NSW Branch of the Club in 2006. Margaret has also served as acting Secretary, was responsible for the NSW newsletter and helped with the organisation of NSW Midwinter Dinners.
Digging fossil shells from the permafrost

Margaret has served as Membership Officer since her election to the National Council in 2010 and has contributed to Aurora.

Margaret has a degree in chemistry, Master of Science in geology and a PhD in organic geochemistry.

General Council Member
Geoff Payne.

Station Year Season Job
Wilkes 1967 Winter Electronic Engineeer Cosray
Casey 2015-16 Summer ANARE Club Berth Representative.

Following my trip to Casey as ANARE Club Berth Representative in December 2015, and now as a Council member, I am taking over maintenance of the Club's website following Denise's great efforts over the last couple of years. Thankfully, some others are continuing their roles with particular web pages. I claim the record for the longest time between successive voyages South to an Australian Antarctic station; it had been 49 years since I left for what was a great year wintering at Wilkes as the Cosray electronic engineer in 1967.

I am making several slide presentations this year partially with a view to encouraging people to take an interest in the Antarctic, its scientific programs and environmental challenges. In particular for younger people, I strive to engender enthusiasm as an expeditioner. I am an active cyclist and webmaster for my cycling club and was recently its President for two years.

On yer bike!

General Council Member
Dr George Cresswell.
George Cresswell

I wintered at Mawson in 1960, had six winters in Alaska, a year at Canada, and then joined CSIRO where I worked as an oceanographer for 3 decades and am now an honorary research fellow. My work is on the ocean currents around Australia, SE Asia, PNG and New Caledonia. A rewarding and challenging part of this has been working on vessels from Australia, Denmark, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, PNG and USA. My tools were shipboard and moored instruments, satellite tracked drifters, and satellite imagery: infrared, colour and radar.

In retirement I've tracked down expeditioners who had adventures on personal motorcycles at ANARE and other stations. These include one at Heard Island in 1947 and one at Dronning Maud Land in 1948, but most were at the ANARE stations between 1960 and 1980 - a total of about 35 motorcycles. The expeditioners have been generous with their time, yarns and photos and this has led to me giving numerous talks and writing half a dozen or so articles on their machines, including mine in 1960, in Antarctic, motorcycle and other magazines. I was a volunteer guide at the Mawson Replica Huts for several months until the pressures of retirement intervened.

Velo snow plume port side
Velo snow plume port side


General Council Member
Michael Goldstein.
Michael Goldstein

Michael is a current expeditioner with the Australian Antarctic Program. He completed his first trip to Casey in 2009 and subsequently joined the ANARE club in 2011. He has summered every season since which included 2 seasons at Casey, 1 at Macquarie Island, 6 summers and a winter at Davis. This summer, he will be heading to Mawson for his 10th season. His journeys South have have had him holding several positions including General Trades, Science Support Plant Operator, Senior Station Plant Operator and Wintering Dieso.

Over this winter, he held the position of Flag Bearer and researched the history of the fallen so as to honour them correctly. He also has a blog that has been archived in the Australian National Library and he administers several pages on Facebook that specialise in Antarctica which have close to 10,000 followers in total.

Michael Goldstein
Taking a break


General Council Member
Ron Hann.
Joined ANARE club  - 1968

Station Year Season Job
Wilkes 1967 Winter Electrician SEFM
Macquarie Island 1970 Winter
I joined the Anare Club after wintering as the Senior Electrician at Wilkes in 1967 and went on to spend a second year at Macquarie island in 1970. I have been a member of the Anare Club since that time and have been a committee member of the SA Branch on and off over the past 20 years.

I am a Life Member of Apex including 2 terms as club President over a period of 12 years.
I am currently a Rotarian of 30 years, a Paul Harris Fellow and Past President of my club.

After being elected to the National Council at the 2014 AGM I have enjoyed working with a very diverse and hard working group of people. More importantly, I have found that being directly involved in the discussion and decision making of National Council helps me to to inform our SA Branch members on how the Anare Club is run and to explain the various projects undertaken.

Having been re-elected to council for a second term, I look forward to continuing to support the council in it�s endeavours to continually improve the administration and strategic directions taken by the club, particularly in it�s support of past and present expeditioners.
I am also very happy to continue my SA branch representation on the National Council

General Council Member
Trevor Luff.

Station Year Season Job
Mawson 1970 Winter Diesel Mechanic
Senior Diesel Mechanic Mawson 1970. Included 'Amery Ice Shelf' Glaciological Survey on Snow Cruisers / Tractor train depot run to 'Moore Pyramid' / Dog Trip to 'Taylor Emperor Penguin Rookery' / Tractor train depot run 'Spring Trip' to 'Mt Creswell' & just to finish the year another depot run to 'Moore Pyramid'.

Active member ANARE Qld. & committee positions also include that of President. Currently Vice President and ANARE Club 'Qld. Rep.' on National Council.

ANARE Club Rep V2 1998 and attended the 'Antarctic Tasmania Midwinter
Festival' in 2005 & rostered on as a guide on the Aurora Australis (in port) during this period.

I have attended many committee meetings in Brisbane over the years with my main club activity being that of fund raiser. Have been guest speaking at Lions Clubs, Rotary Clubs & many other organisations & schools.

Committee member that assembled the Qld touring display 'Our Frozen Frontier' in 1997. If re-elected I look forward to being part of a year that I feel will be a watershed moment in regards to increasing membership / participation, in particular the lost / last decade members, refining Midwinter Dinner protocols & lifting the ANARE Club up to another level.

General Council Member
David Parer.
David Parer Producer Cameraman
Station Year Season Job
Mawson 1970 Winter Physicist
Mawson 1972 Winter Physicist
Macquarie Is 1975 Winter Film-maker

After completing a B.Sc. (Hons) in Physics at Monash University in 1968, David joined the Australian Antarctic Division. Between 1969-73 he wintered twice at Mawson Station as a cosray physicist. During this time, he made three documentaries - "Broken Silence", about the Prince Charles Mountain summer survey, and "Antarctic Winter" and "Antarctic Summer" about the wildlife. Forsaking physics for filmmaking, David joined the ABC's Natural History Unit and wintered on Macquarie Island in 1975, making a four-part series called "Edge of the Cold" about the island's history and wildlife.

Since then David and his wife Elizabeth Parer-Cook have made films in the Antarctic and sub-antarctic including "Antarctic Man" about a biomedical expedition; "Wolves of the Sea" about killer whales; "Mysteries of the Ocean Wanderers" about wandering albatross; and "Surviving Extremes" about the types of personalities that are best suited for living in the Antarctic and comparing them with successful astronauts.

David wants to help rejuvenate the ANARE Club; bring it into the 21st Century; and help make it representative of the views of all members, especially younger ones, while retaining the proud history and traditions of the older members.

1981 David Parer
David Parer, Producer & Camerman

General Council Member
Liz Parer-Cook.
Liz Parer-Cook

After completing a B.Arts (Hons.) in Sociology at UNSW in 1972, Liz moved to Melbourne to complete her B.Ed before becoming a FAUI Dive Instructor. Then in 1979 she began work with the ABC Natural History Unit helping make wildlife films, with David Parer until 2008, specialising in research, recording sound, and taking still photographs. She first went south in 1981 on a Round Trip to Commonwealth Bay, visiting Casey, Dumont Durville & Macquarie Island. Then in the summer of 1982 she dived at Davis Station before travelling to Mawson Station for five weeks to help film a re-enactment of Mawson's ill-fated 1911-14 AAE Expedition during the summer. She was involved in making documentaries "Antarctic Man" about a biomedical expedition, "Surviving Extremes" and a couple of books. With David, she spent part of the 1989 autumn/winter at Marambio (Arg.) on the Antarctic Peninsula then in 1990 went to the Crozet Islands (Fr.) to help make "Wolves of the Sea", a program about Killer whales. During 2017/8 she was heavily involved in organizing the Heard Is. and Macquarie Is. 70th Anniversary Celebrations.

Liz is keen to transition a new generation of expeditioners to help run the Club to rejuvenate it, and make it more valuable to them, while celebrating the achievements of the veteran expeditioners & preserving the history of ANARE.

Liz with Moby
Liz with Moby in 1982 on the plateau behind Mawson Station during a break in filming.(Photo: Rowan Butler)

General Council Member
Ian Toohill.
Ian's profile will be posted here shortly.

Ex-Officio Council Member
Editor of "Aurora"
Dr David Ellyard.
David Ellyard
David has been active in the ANARE Club for 40 years and for almost that long has been Master of Ceremonies at the NSW Branch Midwinter dinners.  He has served in just about every position on the NSW Committee, as well as President (two years), Treasurer (two years) and a General Committee Member on the National Council.

David wintered as the cosmic ray physicist at Mawson in 1966. He has organised several reunions of the Mawson 66 party and is now pulling together the gathering in 2016 which will mark 50 years.

In 2003 he was the ANARE Club representative on Voyage 2 of Aurora Australis spending a week at Davis. In 2011 he travelled to Mawson's Huts at the invitation of the Antarctic Division to participate in the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Sir Douglas Mawson landing at Commonwealth Bay.

Cosray Telescopes at Mawson

David is a science communicator, writer and public speaker with a particular interest in the issue of climate change. He currently teaches the history of science at the University of NSW and is active in Rotary and the Australian Science Communicators.

E-Officio Council Member
Sales Officer
Brian Harvey.
Brian first joined the ANARE Club in 1976 after three winters down south (Mawson 1977, Macquarie Island 1979 and Casey 1981) as a diesel mechanic.  

He became motivated to become involved in the club administration in 1987 after the sinking of Nella Dan. He has served on national council for many years and has been president several times, most recently in 2007-2009. 

Brian has been involved in many ANARE Club projects including the Nella Dan,  the Huskies Jubilee and  a project with Susan Gordon-Brown to record the stories of tradespeople whom have worked down south. 

A Hagglunds - one of the vehicles the diesel mechanics have to maintain

Assistant/Past Editor of Aurora:
John Gillies.
John with the replica of Mawson's AAE hut wireless that he built

John has been actively involved in ANARE Club affairs for many years; he was a member of the National Council from 1975 until 1980 and from 1996 to the present, and was President from 2000 until 2002.  

He was also the Editor of the ANARE Club History book in 2001, the 2001 ANARE Club voyage representative and recently redesigned the ANARE Club logo and badge. 

Most importantly, he has been the Editor of Aurora since 2003 until 2013.  

Aurora, which John commenced editing in 2003