Foreword to the Web Edition

This new edition of the Mawson 1980 Yearbook utilises technology most of us couldn't have imagined in 1980. But though the medium has changed, the content and it's sentiment remain the same. Not wishing to re-write history, I have attempted to reproduce faithfully the original material - the only alterations being a few typing mistakes that crept into the hard copy version. Additionally, the web changes the layout somewhat.

Special thanks to Sojo for offering to host the web version of the yearbook, sparking this new edition.

Kev Shepherd, August 2000


Foreword to the original edition

It's been a long time coming, but perhaps timely in it's arrival for our 10th anniversary. The Mawson 1980 Yearbook was finally produced in 1990. Ten years on and we've all gone our separate ways. Much has changed on the Antarctic scene - the rebuilding program, in its infancy then, is now drawing near to completion. Nella Dan is lost forever, Australia's new icebreaker is undergoing sea trials, instant telephone calls are available and a huge hole has appeared in the ozone layer over Antarctica.

Some things will never change though. The continent is just as formidable now as it was tens years ago, and as it was in Scott, Mawson and Shackleton's days. The special bonds that form the day we leave our homes on the journey south still occur. Although that one-time close camaraderie appears to belong to the distant past, reading through these pages it stirs as though it was this morning.

Ten years has seen enormous changes in my life. As I write this I am about to embark on my third ANARE. Of the two so far, by far the most memorable is Mawson 1980. It was a year that changed my life, broadened my horizons and taught me great respect and tolerance for my fellow man.

Kev Shepherd