Kevin M, Maintenance Electrician, Station Flag Officer
Kev, is this your first trip to Antarctica? What brings you here?
Yes this is my first trip to Antarctica and the ship Aurora Australis brought me here. But seriously I thought it would be nice to have a change of scenery as it would probably be a little different from outback Australia.
What is it like being a sparkie here?
Being a sparkie here is great. There is a good variety of interesting work, in fact I am still learning from some of the equipment we have around the station. And the people here are really helpful.
Best gig as a sparkie so far Kev?
I have been so lucky in my chosen trade. I have had the opportunity of working in Singapore, Malaysia and Alaska, as well as outback Australia, underground, offshore and now on a station in Antarctica. I really have had some wonderful opportunities.
What do you love about Antarctica?
It is so different, just when you thought you have seen it all, the sun may reflect off an iceberg in a different way and the whole landscape changes, or a seal or penguin just pops out of the water right in front of you, and then it can all change again in a matter of a few minutes.
Who inspires you?
I don’t know if anyone really inspires me, but I found the scientists that come down to Antarctica very interesting to talk to. They are so passionate about their work, and don’t mind explaining it to you. Many of them [students] put in very long hours for which they don’t get paid, as they really just enjoy their work.
Kev, what have you learned living in our little Davis community?
I have worked in small communities before, and one thing about small communities they are full of characters.
If you were a car Kev, what sort do you think you would be?
If I was a car I would probably be an old Holden Ute, not real flash, but just goes.
What is the ‘must have’ item that you packed for Antarctica?
A camera. Even if you are not into photography there are certainly some images down here that one day you may want to look back on and recall how lucky you were to have had this experience.
If you could be someone else, who would it be?
Not really sure, but you would have to say Jake Wall has done alright for himself, and so has Hugh Hefner for an old bloke. Also what about Carlos Slim and Bill Gates, haven’t they invested their pocket money wisely.
The footy tipping has been a closely fought battle on station this season. With only three weeks to go who do you think will be victorious Kev?
The money would have to be on Sealy. In fact in the early rounds of the competition I thought Sealy would be the one to beat. But how good is Damo, especially with his unique way of tipping, he certainly isn’t the worst tipster.
What is in store when you return to home?
Not really sure. No doubt there will be a barbie happening somewhere, surrounded by friendly flies and mozzies.
Doc: Ah yes, the real world: insects, viruses, rodents, marauding possums in the roof, the great ‘Aussie Salute’, traffic, Volvo drivers, supermarkets, telemarketing, TV advertising…when are the applications open again?
Thank you for your thoughts and insights, Kev. I must personally commend you on the performance of your flag duties. As you might have guessed, I am a bit fussy about flags and even though you beat me to the job I don’t think I would have been able to keep up the standards that we have seen from you. I salute you.