Courtesy Australian Antarctic Division
untrustable...larger than life.
Mawson diary, 1955
Looking at the current webcam from Mawson I note that there have been significant changes since I took that picture in 1998. Rosella is still there but the older workshop, that I knew in 1971, has gone. In its place seems to be a couple of small building, also multicoloured. The large red building to the left is clearly a newer, bigger, vehicle workshop.
Sydney, 16 Feb 2008 10:53:28 +1100
...a better photo that I took in 2001 when I visited as ANARE Club Representative. It had changed quite a bit since I last departed the place in 1968.
I have found several old slides. The first taken on my half frame camera (67r) show the vehicle workshop behind the mooring bollard (orange blob amongst the fuel drums). The powerhouse is between the fuel farm and the vehicle workshop.
This makes me think that the remaining rock in the 2001 photo is the large one above the water line although it looks smaller this may be due to the different sizes of the buildings.
The tide gauge was painted on the rocks in the water which seem to have been removed. The large bulk fuel farm has been replaced with much larger capacity tanks a little further away.
The slide taken in 1968 was a full frame with my new camera
(and a lot cleaner). The Nella Dan was unloading and the fuel drums
were for refueling the DUKWs seen beside the ship.
The mooring bollard is in front of the drums, the tide gauge painted by the 1966 party is in the water the large rock is just in the picture on the left.
The 1968 photo and the 2001 one were taken with the same Minolta STR101, 33 years apart.
The space around you seems infinite. This is a place so very new, quite without a human history and it has that clean unlived-in feel of an empty new house. Everything is larger than life.
Mawson diary, 14 March 1955
NBS Hut was bought from a surplus Norwegian, British, Swedish expedition.
Melbourne, 29 March 2007
In 1955 the size of the station was doubled with the new huts being sited in places which were; suitable for their use, not likely to be covered in drift from another up-wind building, doorways free of drift, and, of course,on a site where the building could be easily erected by a mob of mainly amateurs. The buildings in the picture fulfilled these criteria.
Melbourne, 10 January 2008