The Silence Calling: Australians in Antarctica 1947-97 by Tim Bowden

By Tim Bowden

Shortlisted, person class, Centre for Australian Cultural reviews nationwide Awards 1997 On Boxing Day in 1947, individuals of the 1st Australian nationwide Antarctic study excursion (ANARE) amassed round a makeshift flag pole for a rite of ownership at Atlas Cove on Australia s distant Southern Ocean outpost of Heard Island. So all started the lifetime of a different Antarctic group which celebrates its fiftieth anniversary in 1997. The Silence Calling is the end result of 4 years' paintings by means of famous broadcaster and historian Tim Bowden, who used to be commissioned via the Australian Antarctic department to jot down the ANARE jubilee historical past. a desirable and infrequently relocating account, it lines the advance of ANARE from that first cost as much as the current day. millions of fellows and ladies from everywhere Australia and from many backgrounds have lived, labored and, certainly, performed in that risky, adverse and overwhelmingly attractive setting to develop into a part of Australia s Antarctic legend. even if, The Silence Calling is not only approximately own endeavour and trouble. it's approximately exploration, discovery and Australia s major contribution to foreign

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The fragile nature of these plans was not made known to the public, but on 7 May there was an announcement that Group Captain Stuart Campbell had been offered the position of leader. 9 Later that month the Executive Planning Committee had firmed its ideas. 10 Men were to be recruited from government departments as far as possible, then universities and the armed services. As a last resort, advertisements A N A R E 11 T 12 H E B E G I N N I N G 1 9 4 7 – 1 9 5 3 would be placed for the remainder.

He was very much the leader in the field exercises. 20 Sometimes the scientists in Cosray Hut were snowed in for days, and Fred Jacka remembers another facet of Law’s leadership style that was to be a hallmark of later years and many Antarctic voyages: Phil took charge in a very masterly way and entertained the gathering very well with a clarinet. he played and we sang songs and he told stories. 21 18 Law’s own discipline was physics. Oceanography and marine biology would be attempted during the voyages of both LST 3501 and Wyatt Earp, but he could find no professor in an Australian university prepared to take responsibility for the Island biology programs—seals, penguins, flying birds and plants.

Arthur Scholes was standing beside Norm Jones, the cook. ’ said the minister. 30 Once this formality was over, the first Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition was ready to leave. 22 TWO HEARD ISLAND Heard Island is a very threatening place, the sheer malevolence of it hits you when you go there. It is essentially black and white, stark, because the black volcanic rock cliffs rise out of a grey seething sea, the wind is blowing, and the birds are just floating around in the gale and screaming.

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