Fixing Antarctica: Order of Australia Honours for Syd

Fixing Antarctica: Order of Australia Honours for Syd

Yesterday, Sydney Kirkby was honoured with an Order of Australia medal In 1955, Syd was selected as party surveyor of the 1956 ANARE research in Antarctica. He was twenty-two years old. At that time 85% of the continent had never been seen. Most of the 42% of the vast...
Fixing Antarctica: The Southern Journey

Fixing Antarctica: The Southern Journey

 We have been lying here gazing back at the men of old. They stand like beacons to show us the way, to give us inspiration and patience and hope. I find myself wondering if I am worthy to carry the frayed banner they have passed to us. Theirs is the past, ours is the...
Fixing Antarctica: And the Weather was Lovely

Fixing Antarctica: And the Weather was Lovely

In early November, Phil’s approval for the Southern Journey finally came through, and the process of dropping fuel depots increased the pilots’ workload. RAAF squadron leader Douglas Leckie faced one of the greatest challenges of his career. Having flown Bill and...
Fixing Antarctica: Still Waiting

Fixing Antarctica: Still Waiting

Throughout October the team at Mawson Base celebrated the return of the sun with higher spirits and more exploratory forays with the dogs and the weasels out onto the plateau. Still, for Syd, it was a time of waiting, for Phil had still not approved the Southern...
Fixing Antarctica: September Wobbles

Fixing Antarctica: September Wobbles

Okay, so things get a bit wobbly in Antarctica in September, but that no reason for the folks at home to lose their nerve, is it? Is it… Well, back at home the cold war broke out again … It might be a good idea to remind you why so many nations had set up...

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