This ANZAC Day we found ourselves at Davis station. We were a long way from home but the ANZAC tradition held fast, as it does for most Australians and New Zealanders wherever they find themselves in the world on that day. Many of the polar explorers, including Mawson and his team, along with many early Davis expeditioners, were military men. So there is a strong tie, even in the polar regions to our military history.
The day started at 9 am with a gunfire coffee, with your choice of rum and watching the dawn service from Sydney recorded earlier in the morning. Then at 10:01am, we had our own dawn service. The sky was a mix of pastel pink, lilac and blue and it was a crisp −17ºC. We raised the Australian, New Zealand and Aboriginal flags, had a formal address from the station leader, listened to some readings, played the Last Post, sang the Australian and New Zealand national anthems and had a group photo under the flags.
Then it was back to the mess to warm up and get ready for a quiet afternoon. The wind picked up to 40 knots, blowing away our beautiful powder snow from the building roofs. It looked like the buildings were emitting smoke, but it was just billowing snow. The afternoon was also spent nurturing the spit roast. After a delicious dinner we had a raucous game of two-up, betting our specially printed ‘Davis’ money. All in all, a memorable day spent in good company with a feeling of gratitude.
Kirsten (Station Leader)