Australian Antarctic explorer dies aged 104

Alf Howard in hydrological lab
Alf Howard in hydrological lab onboard Discovery during the BANZARE voyage (Source: BANZARE Reports)

The last surviving member of the 1929-31 British, Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition (BANZARE), Dr Alf Howard AM, has died aged 104 years old.

Dr Howard was the hydrologist and chemist aboard the BANZARE ship Discovery, and at 23 was the youngest member of the pioneering team led by Sir Douglas Mawson.

On his return from Antarctica he worked for CSIRO for more than 2 decades and gained five University degrees in the areas of science, psychology and linguistics.

Dr Howard's funeral will be held in Brisbane on Friday 9 July.