Support for family and friends
Antarctic Family and Friends Association
The Antarctic Family and Friends Association [PDF] is a support and social group for families and friends of expeditioners working on Australian Antarctic stations. There are branches of the Association in all states and members meet each month for informal social get-togethers. Each state has an annual Midwinter event to celebrate the half-way mark for wintering expeditioners.
The membership consists of family and friends of current and former expeditioners, and aims to be a source of friendship, comfort and information for members. For those new members less familiar with the Australian Antarctic Territories, the association can point you towards sources of information. Other members can often provide books, magazine articles, photos and slides to help you familiarise yourself with ‘things’ Antarctic. New members not living in metropolitan areas can be put in touch with other members living nearby, and get-togethers are sometimes organised ‘out-of-town’ so that our country members can participate.
Members receive a newsletter with details of each state’s monthly meeting, also with anecdotes and articles relating to Antarctica. Overseas members are also eligible to join. Membership application forms are available from Expeditioner Training and Liaison Contact, and enquiries are welcomed via this contact form.