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Queensland Midwinter Dinner 2017

Queensland ANARE Club Midwinter Dinner is on Friday June 30 at the Parklands Room, Hotel Urban and the cost is $85.  Larcie George Friend will be the special guest, and will give a first-hand account of the sinking of the Nella Dan in December 1987.

The AGM is at 6pm, followed by pre-dinner drinks at 6:30pm and dinner at 7pm.

Full address is Parklands Room, Hotel Urban, 345 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane.  Hotel Urban offers discounted overnight rates for people attending the dinner.

Payment may be made by Bank Transfer, Cheque or Money Order.  See the Midwinter Dinner page for RSVP details.



ANARE Club Spring Gathering 2017 at Noosaville QLD

It has become a tradition for ANARE people from all over Australia to get together at Noosaville, combining visits to the Sunshine State with the opportunity to meet with those lucky enough to live in the locality. ANARE Expeditioners and their families are welcome to join this gathering.

The date for the Next ANARE gathering is Wednesday 6 September 2015.

Should you have an interest in joining this activity and wish to receive further notices, please contact David & Kathryn Carstens.  Phone 07 3848 5649 or 0402 848 649.

Ken & Ros Shennan are also involved in coordinating from Melbourne.  Phone 03 9583 9899 or 0419 397 212.



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Queensland ANARE Club Newsletter - June 2017

The Queensland Midwinter Dinner will be held on Friday 30 June from 6pm.  For full details see above, and also the Midwinter Dinner page.

It has been 25 years since the sinking of the Nella Dan and at the Midwinter Dinner we have guest speaker George Friend who will give a first-hand account of this event.

This year we also have a very special guest John Russell plus family members attending our MWD. It is 70 years this year since the establishment of Herd Island. John wintered on H.I. in 1952, five years after establishment. It was also a tragic year as they lost two of their expeditioners. Before Herd Island, John wintered at Macquarie Island in 1949 & also wintered @ Mawson in 1954. He then spent the years of 1957/1958 with the Americanís on the IGY (International Geophysical Year). His first introduction to all things Antarctica was at the age of 10 years when he met Lady Shackleton in his home town of Dulwich England. John will be 97 years old on the 20th of June this year.

Another milestone is the loss of the famous Polar Ship the S.Y. Aurora 100 years ago on the 20th of June in 1917. It sailed out of Newcastle never to be seen again with 21 crew members on board. There is a special service being held in the Newcastle Cathedral on Tuesday 20th of June commencing @ 12 noon. A special Plaque which has been commissioned by the ANARE Club will be unveiled by the Director of the Australian Antarctic Division. A contingent from Qld & interstate is being led by David Carstenís & will attend this event. Anyone who wishes to attend will be made most welcome. Lunch is to follow at 1.00pm just down the road at the Customs House. The full story of this event will appear in a future edition of the AURORA.

We will also be presenting Trevor & Jennie Henkel, the owners / restorers of the Macpherson Robertson the 25ft work boat (Lollipop) with a Plaque to attach to their boat. The story of finding this boat appeared in this yearís summer edition of the AURORA.