Robert Easther made outstanding contributions to the Australian Antarctic Program. In 1986, as well as his substantial duties as Station Leader, Robert organised and developed a safe, marked route across the Sørsdal Glacier and along the sea ice to enable a biology program at Amanda Bay to be conducted.
At Head Office as Station Manager he played a significant part in ANARE’s field program through his participation in operational planning committees for the Prince Charles Mountains, Heard Island, Lambert Traverse, Amery Ice Shelf and Bunger Hills field programs. Robert also played a major role in the selection and training of new expeditioners and in 1996, successfully acted as a mediator at Casey when difficulties arose within the station.
Robert led five Antarctic voyages and was cargo supervisor on another. He also served as Project Manager for the AAP Mawson’s Huts Foundation, which mounts expeditions to Cape Denison to carry out essential conservation work on the historic huts.