From old station logs…
Saturday 5th December 1964 :
4:15am rise cool but fine, strong west winds. Rough seas. Officer in Charge RTA packing, now all completed by noon, Walkem pumped diesel fuel, Taylor and Hague cleaning kitchen cupboards. King service to radio transmitter. Met section had fault in screen, Stair ably fixed same. Calwell painting in mess. “Working Bee” all hands during PL. Cleaned and scrubbed mess, dongas, piano, radio-gram. Peterson then painted mess radiogram, Dart polished piano. Good sked for OIC with Nella Dan, spoke to Dr Law and Doug Twigg. Nice evening meal served by Hague, wine with dinner, beer issue and pictures “Lovely To Look At” nor for OIC, busy office paper work. Bed 10pm.
20th November, 1976:
Find clear day — some light rain and mist early — Fred and Chas complete first half of P.H ceiling, Joe cleaning up western beach, frank busy preparing ‘end of year’ dinner which turned out to be quite a pleasant occasion with rounds of toasts to the various sections and individuals who have contributed to the years operation. Neither Ken nor Joe attended as has been this practice on such party nights. Boys presented me with a hand crafted slide box with elephant seal tooth inlay which was an unexpected and pleasant surprise.
Wednesday 17th April 1996 :
Station Leader returned from Bauer Bay with field-trained Steve at 1300 to find mess almost completely painted and most carpentry finished. It’s looking great!
A potential crisis arose at 1650 when Sue (en route VJM — Davis Point) called in on VHF hand-held to report herself lost somewhere west of Pyramid Peak with a non-functioning compass in fog and gathering darkness. Ray at Comms called in Station Leader and Rich as SAR Leader and we advised her to walk downwind to either find a marked track (and to go left down it to Green Gorge), or drop into sheltered lower terrain on the east coast for the night. She had good clothing and a torch but no food. She apparently had wandered north because she struck the overland track within an hour, and got in to Green Gorge hut at 1900 where Tracy had a hot meal ready. Eddie and Bob at davis Point hut were ready to go out, and a SAR team was being planned for VJM but none of that was needed. The Wednesday Wine Club convened in the evening a little late but in an atmosphere of relief and celebration.