Excerpts from old station logs
Wednesday 9th December, 1964
5:30am rise Fine with mist/light rain west winds. Unloading continues, building team worked until 11:30pm on Met office now to ‘safe stage’, foundations for hospital continued by Allen, Twigg, King assisted by stair and OIC digging for aerial mast stays.
Berrigan with Walkem on indoctrination of Rustons. Field parties Ashton, Gill, Jenkins plus two scouts to plateau for day trip on grass collection likewise Caine and Thomas with two scouts to plateau for biological collection. OIC discussed reports with Director during PM. Pictures for those still awake in mess after dinner. Weather still very favourable for changeover. Bed 9:30pm.
Monday 10th December, 1973
A perfect day I’d say. Practically no wind for most of the day. Mostly 100% blue sky, a little cloud at times, sea calm. A day that makes Macquarie Island truly the ‘Jewel of the South Pacific’.
Balloon building roof installed now on high part of building. Wiring proceeding well but some question re the flood lights — cable to Young.
Irynej out still on rabbit job. Couldn’t raise him on the sked — some trouble with transceiver. ‘Ham radio’ repaired, lined up and tried successfully in evening to Melbourne.
Tasmania sent 13 notices for Island tracks etc requested permission to install as they are nioce notices and would blend with surroundings. Party has settled in well now. Thoughts turning to going walkabout which is a good sign. Slight seismic disturbance today. Cable news of a quake in mid-pacific could have been the occurrence we recorded.
11th December 1976
Council work day. All pare men (and women) except the builders hard at work rat proofing the ‘supermarket’ food store. The end double skins were removed and holes cemented up. Afternoon fire session. We, under the guidance of the Fire Chief Ian discharged all the foam extinguishers and recharged them. Evening fine at first Bruce doing star shots until 1:30am when the cloud obscured the sky once again (11 shots taken).
Saturday 13th April, 1996
There is another satellite communication ellie ashore, between Lusi and Hurd, but the weather and sea whole OK today look better for tomorrow for a boat trip. So today was more of the same in the mess and elsewhere, with Saturday duties including repair of old wood pallets (they wouldn’t send any new ones!) and a stocktake of Fort Knox. A quiet evening after the big one last night. Ingrid prepared seafood, but to accompany it we just had a little cider and homebrew — and even a couple of bottles of non-alcoholic grape juice — and nobody wanted anything more!