Extracts from old station logs :
26th November, 1964
0630 rose. Cool, strong west wind at times, rain late PM. OIC cleared old timber packing case etc from surgery area to rubbish tip, good sked with VJ3E at 1300 hours, proceeded then to Gadgets Gully inspected intake tank (all OK) water running in Gully only mere trickle hence low pressure at station, inspected seal pups in pound and seal tank base which has been invaded by pups and is now naturally covered on one side by quite a lot of sand, returned to station dug sand away from lee side of stores. Reception “Calling Antarctica” good record played for Lodwick, birthday call for Barrat. Bed 10pm.
23rd November, 1976
Nella sighted 0230 — cruised offshore until 0600 — 0800 larcs in with leader A Humphrey and Mail — unloading commences with barge bringing in Austin Weston mobile crane and backhoe, some concrete mix also. Quite a tiring day — fuel line out all night, terry on shift fuelling until 2400 hrs. Tony to 0200, myself from 0200 to 0600.
1st May 1996
All station activities came to a halt at 1030 when, like people all over Tasmania and elsewhere observed one minute’s silence as a mark of respect, sorrow and sympathy for the victims and survivors of the tragic Port Arthur massacre a few days ago. The wind and rain provided a sombre background as we stood in the compound with heads bowed, with our own thoughts on this senseless act.
The mess was declared finished today — we have all had a hand in the work and whose results we can all take pride. Mess completion was celebrated by the first dinner in the new mess coinciding with an enthusiastic meeting of the Wednesday Winter Wine Club, and use of the pool table moved in (with difficulty) from Sealers’ Inn, and newly erected dartboard. Details of the festivities need not be recorded beyond saying that swims were enjoyed both in the plunge pool and garden cove. And that all eleven men on station (women escaped!) voluntarily and entirely shaved their heads. As one observed, from now on internal memos will begin ‘Dear Conehead’ and end ‘signed Conehead’.