Name: Craig Fitzmaurice
From: Latrobe, Tasmania
2009-10 Summer/Winter at Casey, 2016-17 Summer/Winter at Davis, 2019 Winter at Casey,
2020-21 Summer/Winter at Macquarie Island, Mawson Winter 2022
Job title: Plumber
Describe your role in two sentences: It’s pretty tough to be able describe a plumber’s role on station, as no two days are ever the same. Briefly, we produce the drinking water, maintain the waste water treatment plant (WWTP) and ensure that the heating ventilation, gas and fire systems throughout the station are maintained.
What did you do before you joined the AAD? I have been fortunate enough to have worked in many roles throughout my working life. From driving pay loaders in wood chip mills, plumbing at the Manus Island detention centre, and also spending six years as a Plumbing Inspector in South East Queensland. A large part of my plumbing career has been in the waste water industry. Back in Tassie I’m a Works Supervisor with the Justice Department in community corrections, and also work as a Plumbing Inspector with the Latrobe Council, part time.
What is your favourite part of your job here at Mawson? My favourite part of working at Mawson, is that you never know what the day has in store for you. It’s a remarkable place to call your home.
If you were not a Plumber what would be your dream job? It’s a toss-up between a downhill ski instructor in Japan, or a motorcycle tour operator.
How does this season at Mawson compare to your previous seasons down south? The one thing you can’t do is ever compare seasons, as they are all uniquely different.
What do you like to do in your spare time? Hehehe… As a plumber on station you never have spare time. But when the important work is done I enjoy going to the gym, strumming away badly on the guitar and tinkering away in the work shop. It’s great to get away from the station at times and explore this amazing place.
What song sums up your Mawson experience so far? Green day: Good Riddance (time of your life) It’s one of the songs I can actually play badly on the acoustic guitar.
What actor would play you in a film version of our 75th ANARE season here at Mawson? Harrison Ford, as Indiana Jones.
Favourite piece of Australian Antarctic Division kit? Hmmm, I would have to say my Icebreaker thermals.
What is your favourite book / movie (or both) and why? My favourite book is The Power of One, by Bryce Courtenay, it’s an inspirational story. My favourite movie is Red Dog, just a great Aussie yarn.
What is your typical 'Slushy FM' genre? Do you have a particular favourite? I don’t have a typical genre, it’s pretty random.
Describe your Mawson experience with: a sight, a smell, a sound, a feeling and a taste.
A sight, a fresh covering of powdery snow.
A smell, our chef’s beautifully backed bread of a morning
A sound, the roaring katabatic winds
Do you have a favourite quote that you’d like to leave us with? The icy winds will blow long after I leave Antarctica but the experience and fond memories I have gained will last a life time.
Something people may not know about you: I play an unusual wind instrument.