ANARE news: Bill Burch to Antarctica


Plan #23 Keep the fuel well off the rocks.

This cartoon by Nick Cartwright, which will be the rear panel of the voyage T-shirt, aptly captures the ‘A’ factor – resolving by practical unwritten solutions based on experience – the unexpected, unscheduled issue like an iceberg blocking Horseshoe Harbour thereby forcing the need to hold the ship close to the rocky edge in Kista Strait for a day while pumping oil to Mawson.

From Bill’s last message from Antarctica, 13 March 2008



Bill Burch at Wilkes 2008
Photo: Tod Iolovski

Here you can read, and Leave a Reply to, the journal of Bill Burch, ANARE (Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions) Club representative traveling in Antarctica.

Messages sent from the Australian icebreaker, Aurora Australis and Antarctic bases, are being relayed to this page by fellow ANARE member and Radio Operator Colin Christiansen.

You can see a more extensive version of this journal, with more photos, at the NSW ANARE Club website.


For those of you awake early enough on Sunday morning, I will be talking again to “Macca” on his program “Australia all over” after 07h00 AEDT on Sunday. I leave for Hobart on Wednesday am and sail on Thursday. We visit Casey, Davis and Mawson over a 7 week voyage. What a privilege!