David Blaby, Plant Inspector, wintered at Mawson in 1980 having previously wintered at Casey in 1970. Throughout the year David made an outstanding contribution to the expedition. Power and mechanical services were maintained at an exemplary level and the standard of service and installation was much improved through the year.

He also participated in a number of field trips where he displayed diligence, courage and will, which consistently lifted the morale and performance of the party.