The beginning of the end of our busy summer season

A week in pictures

I thought I’d provide a short summary and some photos as this week has marked the beginning of the end of our busy summer season.

We have continued to do great things progressing science projects, completing important infrastructure work and coordinating both intra-continental and inter-continental flights. We have also started to say ‘so long’ to some of our friends and colleagues, and welcomed a few new faces to the station.

We had Casey Clean Up Day — which saw 65 expeditioners lending a hand with a general clean up around station. We have also enjoyed some beautiful sunrises and sunsets as the days have become shorter and took time to enjoy a wonderful end of season dinner.

Chris MacMillian
Station Leader


Getting to know a Casey expeditioner — Lauren Bishop

Nicknames: Loz, Lozza, Lozenger

From: Brisbane, Sunny Queensland

Previous seasons? No

Job title: Station Supply Officer

Describe your role in two sentences: The senderer of stuff, things and people to different places in the great white land and across the Southern Ocean. Chief stickerer, scientific sample babysitter and Greenstore (warehouse) eCon queen. In all seriousness though, I am responsible for distribution and movement of stores and cargo at Casey research station.

What did you do before your joined the AAD? I am currently working with the Australian Antarctic Division on secondment from the Australian Defence Force as part of Operation SOUTHERN DISCOVERY — the Australian Defence Force support to the whole-of-Government activity in the Antarctic Region. I am a full-time Air Force Logistics Officer working within the C17A Globemaster and KC30A Multi-Role Tanker aircraft sustainment program office and will return to my previous role after the summer season.

What is your favourite part of your job here at Casey? I really enjoy jumping on the quads with my favourite buddies at the end of the working day for an overnight adventure to one of the gorgeous little huts off station.  I am so privileged to work with such amazing people down here that I would normally not have the opportunity to meet!

If you were not a SSO what would be your dream job? I think it’d be fun to be a husky musher in northern Norway. Last year I was lucky enough to travel to the Arctic Circle and spend some time ‘mushing’ with a sled of Siberian huskies while the Northern Lights were dancing above. If I can’t cuddle penguins in the south, then I’ll settle for huskies in the north.

How does this season at Casey compare to your previous seasons down south? N/A

What do you like to do in your spare time? I love hiking, paddle boarding, and I’ve been learning to sail. I also love academic study and I’m about to complete my Master of International Business.

What song sums up your Casey experience so far?

Happy, Pharrell Williams

What actor would play you in a film version of our 72nd ANARE season here at Casey? Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby. After four months of killer boxing training with Matty, I think I’d at least be able to take on our Plumber Garvin!

Favourite piece of Australian Antarctic Division kit? Thermals, without doubt! I haven’t been a day without them since I arrived.

What is your favourite book / movie (or both) and why? I’m generally a fan of any movie involving a princess or a cute love story because it reminds me of home. My beautiful daughter and I love to make a girly pamper night watching them!

What is your typical ‘Slushy FM’ genre? Do you have a particular favourite? A good mix of everything.

Describe your Casey experience with: a sight, a smell, a sound, a feeling and a taste.

Sight — It has to be the incredible clouds over the icebergs! I think most of my phone memory is also now filled with photos of them.

Smell — Every now and then we get a little kind reminder that the Adélie penguin rookery is just down the hill from station.

Sound — The ‘quack’ of the penguins as they play out in the water is adorable. I also love the silence in the field when you escape the quiet hums of the station.

Feeling — I love to hike out on Bailey Peninsula and find a place to sit for a while. The feeling of time passing so quickly without even knowing it, is like no other. Antarctica is my biggest (and most favourite) time pirate.

Taste — The incredible smokos cooked by our amazing Chefs!

 Do you have a favourite quote that you’d like to leave us with?

“only dead fish go with the flow”

Something people may not know about you:

That I am a qualified Chef.