Time to reflect, enjoy and relax

Midwinter celebrations

Over the last week, Casey celebrated Midwinter along with all the other Antarctic stations. It is a time to reflect, to enjoy and to relax. The whole team got involved, making it a great few days.

The midwinter swim was on Thursday which was a balmy −7ᵒC day with almost no wind and the water temperature about −1.8ᵒC. The swim hole was cut into the ice earlier in the week. The ice was almost a metre thick and the hole about 1.5m by 1.5m in size. Of the team of 29, 25 made the dip, with two of the team having gone before in previous seasons and the other two just not liking the cold.

The week also saw a huge amount of preparation for our extraordinary feast on Friday night. The food was amazing and the upstairs wallow of the Red Shed was transformed into a beautiful dinner venue.

The amount of replies to the Casey Midwinter celebration from family and friends was greatly appreciated and made for an enjoyable video compilation and the reading of some very inventive excuses on why people could not attend. Also, there was lots of effort and thoughtfulness put in to some marvellous Midwinter gifts that were exchanged on the night.

The weekend also saw an after dinner party, a game or two of inside pitch-n-putt, and a dip in the spa by many. It was a really nice few days to mark the milestone for the team and each of us before looking ahead to the return of longer days and the last few months of our season.

Getting to know a Casey expeditioner — Scott Mitchell

NameScott Mitchell

From: Katherine, NT

Previous seasons? Nil

Job title: Electrician

Describe your role in two sentences:

Keep the station going and adding a few new things until the next crew turns up and it’s their turn.

What did you do before your joined the AAD?

Electrical/Instrumentation Technician with Territory Generation at Katherine Power Station.

What is your favourite part of your job here at Casey?

Working alongside the best team of tradespeople in Antarctica.

If you were not an Electrician what would be your dream job?

Cattle grazer/farmer or work for myself as a contractor.

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

First season.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Reading, watching movies, trying photography of auroras, studying.

What song sums up your Casey experience so far?

Paradise by Coldplay.

What actor would play you in a film version of our 72nd ANARE season here at Casey?


Favourite piece of Australian Antarctic Division kit?


What is your favourite book and movie and why?

Fav book? White Thorn by Bryce Courtenay (awesome story)

As for a Movie? The Revenant (I think the cinematography is awesome)

What is your typical ‘Slushy FM’ genre? Do you have a particular favourite?

Don’t really have a favourite, just put anything on as long as it’s a mix.

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

Sight: different contrast whites and greys.

Smell: Saturday morning brunch.

Sound:  MPH Generators.

Feeling: The wind at −25ᵒC on my face.

Taste: Our daily bread!

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

You Only Have One Life – Scott Mitchell