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New South Wales
Left to Right Standing: Sigrid Christiansen, Dee Lytwyn, Paul Lytwyn, Heather Goodwin, Kerry Adams, Col Christiansen, Graham Whitelaw, Bob Sutton, Jean Brown, Caroline Cipolat, David Ellyard, Roger Brown, Sue Ellyard, Matilda Fell, Donna Silvestro, Shayne Fell, Debbie Whitelaw, Ian Whitelaw. Seated: Owen Holmwood, Lucinda Coates, Graeme (Chompers) Curry, Kirstie Fryirs, Rohan Whitelaw, Margaret Whitelaw, Lachlan Whitelaw, Ron Whitelaw. Front Row: Emma Whitelaw, Laura Whitelaw. Photographer: Phil Silvestro:
The ANARE Club's NSW branch had its annual slide night again this year on Feb. 25
at the home of Margaret and Ron Whitelaw. About 30 people attended to enjoy several presentations, none of which was delivered from a 35mm slide projector. The ubiquitous laptop PC and electronic projector now provide the opportunity for showing photographs and movies, provided that the PC and its software can be configured to generate an acceptable image. These technical problems were quickly solved by Phil Silvestro and Margaret's son Ian, and after light refreshments we settled in to a most enjoyable evening in the spacious triple garage. The car fleet had been removed earlier!
The first presentation was by David Ellyard (national ANARE Club President), and covered the historic Voyage 3 (2012) of the Aurora Australis to Commonwealth Bay just two months ago. This voyage was probably the most important event in the Mawson centenary year, and David's comprehensive description of the sea journey and the huts was entertaining and informative. It also revealed (yet again) David's formidable talents as a science broadcaster and presenter.
The second presentation was by our hostess Margaret, who was the ANARE club representative on Voyage 3 in Jan. 2011 to Davis and Mawson. This was the voyage which delivered the ashes of Phil and Nel Law to their final resting place, in a moving ceremony in Mawson station. The original plan to place the ashes inside a stone cairn on West Arm was deferred because of inclement weather (!). The final task of placing the ashes was done, most appropriately, in a mid-winter ceremony conducted by the 2011 wintering party at Mawson. We were treated to movie footage of both of these impressive ceremonies.
On a lighter topic, Phil Silvestro showed photos taken a few weeks ago from a commercial Antarctic over-flight. Phil had impressive photos of Dumont d'Urville and Mount Minto, which gave the impression that either Phil had a very good camera or the big jet was very, very low.
All round, another successful gathering of the friends of ANARE.