"Macquarie Island Expeditioners – 40 years on!" Macquarie Island Local Custom Tip by tiabunna
Macquarie Island Local Customs: 5 reviews and 18 photos
I’ve mentioned the importance placed on Midwinter celebrations by former Antarctic expeditioners. That leads on to reunions and, somehow, 40 years have passed since my year with a bunch of other ragged outcasts at Macquarie Island. It definitely was reunion time.
Our Tasmanian member was the organiser for our 40th Anniversary reunion and thirteen of the surviving members (from an original 20) were able to attend, coming from as far as Canada, the USA and Wales. The wife of one of our group very kindly made a special reunion cake (photo 2), in the shape of the island – complete with ship, miniature penguins and other details.
The reunion was held as part of the ANARE Club’s Hobart Midwinter Dinner (quite a large group) – beware that these events often have guest speakers who sometimes waffle on…. The Hobart Club wanted a talk from an ancient expeditioner and that’s him in the third photo, waffling on with some of the same tales and photos he has in his Macquarie Island page on VT!
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