Expeditioners have been going south with the Australian Antarctic program since 1957. Although some remain for only a few days or weeks, others contribute to Australia’s Antarctic program for up to a year and a half.

No matter how long their stay, all who are privileged to visit our sub-Antarctic islands or the Antarctic continent must learn to live in an isolated, hostile environment, with all its problems, challenges and breathtakingly wonderful experiences.

How people live, work and play is as much part of our history as a series of dates and events. Here are a number of personal stories that add colour and substance to Australia’s Antarctic history, and give an insight into what the experience has meant to the individuals involved.

Elsewhere on our website there are regular accounts of current daily life from the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic stations, including weekly updates from the stations.

Vintage stories