Entries from old station logs
Saturday 21st Dec, 1963
6.30 rise, no shower, fuel pipe line broke again. Seas very rough, Army crew risked their lives in the DUKWS getting cable out to the ship. Helped load flying fax before lunch. All hands helped get pipe line ashore after lunch. Pumping started again at 4pm. Don and Phil inspected Gadgets Gully for new water supply, returned 6:30pm. Talked with Styles and Ellwood before dinner, main visitors left the base at 8pm. All hands very tired, all in bed at 9:30pm except for Lance who is still on fuel pumping, bed 11:30pm
Thursday 20th Dec, 1973
Good day — later blue sky and sun. Little wind getting less in evening, practically calm. Myself — at Wireless Hill observing up to 100 N.Z. fur seals, one Kerguelen fur seal (young one) and many Gentoo and Rockhoppers. Also skuas, sooty’s and elephant seal. Dead NZ fur seal. Skeleton fur seal. Dead and rotting elephant seal. Cary checking installations, cables etc. Ralph helping Brian set out garage floor area. John on plateau trying to repair cable to seismograph hut. Old seismograph in service meanwhile Dennis checking ozone gear. Chris repairing aerials and other equipment. Now appears to have all things working. 2.30 H.O sched was practically hopeless due to fading and atmospherics. Only catch the odd word. Film of night. Sealers Inn being used too.
December 25th, 1977
Excellent day… Fred did a very fine Father Christmas distributing presents to all. Alex was presented with the Macquarie Island bible which was signed by all (Cumpston).
The Hasselborough Bay Hooligans played the Buckle Bay Bonshees at Afghan Croquet in the afternoon, the score is unknown. The game vaguely resembles Shinty (Scottish game) or hockey but is more violent. Plans a foot to challenge the Nella Dan. Sarah the only one injured with a whack to the forehead.
Friday 19th April, 1996
The Mess continues to dominate our lives, but is now much less of a mess with all the construction rubbish out, and today the floor scrubbed. Now the furniture is starting to go back in. Within a week it should be habitable again — and looking so much better than before. Another historical photograph was taken there, in much less formal pose, to be secreted behind the dartboard backing as a historical document to be discovered by some future ANARE refurbishing team. Paul M and Damon off into the field to put our track markers as well as enjoy a break away, Sue still out and Ingrid doing her fur seal recording at Secluded beach. Tracy weighing … seals on the Isthmus, today with help from Warren and Steve. Friday drinks in the warm ambience of the Emergency Powerhouse.