KIM ELLIS, Director, Australian Antarctic Division
Our connection with Anzac goes all the way back to the original Heroic Age of Exploration, those early expeditioners, those explorers who actually discovered most of the Antarctic that we now occupy. They went at the turn of the century, and they returned to a nation that was at war.
We have a really strong connection, we understand the commitment that it takes to serve a national outcome. Our expeditions now put people in remote and extreme environments, and it gives us a very strong and enduring connection with that Anzac spirit.
DAVID KNOFF, Station Leader, Davis research station
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.
Australia’s 89 wintering expeditioners at Casey, Mawson, Davis and Macquarie Island research stations observed ANZAC Day in the traditional manner this year.
As Australian stations are COVID-19 free and isolated from the global pandemic, our small Antarctic and sub-Antarctic teams were able to gather for ANZAC Day ceremonies and activities.