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Antarctic Explorer, Syd Kirkby, Receives Queens Birthday Honours

Veteran Antarctic explorer and surveyor, and Queensland resident, Syd Kirkby, has been honoured with an Order of Australia medal in the recent Queen's Birthday Honours.  The award is in recognition of his service particularly to Antarctic surveying, mapping, and polar exploration. 

The ANARE Club Queensland congratulates Syd for this well-deserved recognition.  His outstanding achievements are an inspiration to all.

Check out the following stories from ABC News and the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland. 


To view the full story posted by ABC News, follow the link.


Geographers in the Spotlight

Sydney L. Kirkby AO MBE Polar Medal

Mr Syd Kirkby has been awarded the Australian Honour of Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the 2018 Queens Birthday Honours List. The award is in recognition of his 65-year career and his distinguished service to surveying and mapping in Australia, particularly in the Antarctic, to polar exploration, research and mapping expeditions, and to professional scientific societies.

...........Kirkby RGSQ

Photos courtesy of Syd Kirkby. On the left: observing at Rumdoodle Peak. On the right: sledging in the ‘60s.

Sydney L. Kirkby, MBE, Polar Medal has been an active member of RGSQ and of the ANARE Club in Queensland since moving to Queensland in 1986 following his retirement from the Division of National Mapping, Melbourne office.

Syd has contributed enormously to the work of Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions (ANARE) since first wintering at Mawson in 1956. It has been stated by P.G.Law AC, CBE, Polar Medal, that ...

Syd Kirkby has explored more of Australian Antarctic Territory than any other Australian.

The fact that Syd has been involved in exploration of Antarctica from Cape Adare at 170°East, to the west of the Australian sector at 45°East, west of Enderby Land, and also inland to the Southern Prince Charles Mountains, is unique; while his management of Surveying and Mapping techniques for the extension of knowledge has become legendary.

Syd has also led the way in communicating Antarctic Affairs to the community with his regular availability to speak at community organisations is well recognised.

As a Member of the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland, Syd Kirkby has been a popular contributor and lecturer. On one occasion, the lecture had to be repeated to satisfy the lack of space for those interested at the first presentation. In April 1993, Syd presented a major paper to the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland, titled “From Sledge dogs to Satellites”. This is published in the “Queensland Geographical Journal”, 4th Series, Volume 8, in 1993 and subsequently in the “Queensland Surveyor”, Volume 1998 Number 5, in October 1998.

The exhibition “Our Frozen Frontier” was also supported by RGSQ and was opened in The RGSQ Auditorium (Brookes Street, Fortitude Valley) in 1997 - the key feature of this venture being the number of display venues over a period of six months --- Brisbane (Geographical Society), Rockhampton, Longreach, Mount Isa, Townsville and then was mounted at Brisbane Museum for the month of November.

At his Thomson Address in 2002, Syd Kirkby was presented with the RGSQ Thomson Medal.

The award of Officer of the Order of Australia recognises Syd’s wide involvement with the community and his professional career.

RGSQ congratulates Sydney Lorrimar KIRKBY on the receipt of the Award of Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).

By David Carstens, RGSQ member and past President.

ANARE Club Spring Gathering 2018 at Noosaville QLD

We regret to advise that there will be no Queensland ANARE Club Spring Gathering organised for September 2018.   Watch this space for a possible Spring Gathering next year. 

Queensland ANARE Club Newsletter - May 2018

BRISBANE MIDWINTER DINNER 2017.  Last year's Midwinter Dinner was very successful with the attendance by some of our more senior members of ANARE.   At 97 years old John Russell attended, along with his daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Keith Morgan.  John first wintered at Macquarie Island in 1949 and continued with Heard Island 1952, Mawson 1954, and just to finish he spent a year with the Americans on the IGY (International Geophysical Year) in 1957.  Also in attendance was Judith Burnett, wife of the late Hedley Burnett.

ANARE QLD SPRING BBQ 2017.  David and Kathryn Carstens ran the regular Noosa River BBQ in September with a good roll up, including many interstate members to swell the numbers.  Keen interest is always shown in the memorabilia on display, along with the many stories told each year.

70th HEARD ISLAND ANNIVERSARY.  A very successful 70th Heard Island Anniversary Commemoration was held in Melbourne on 13th December 2017, attended by Trevor Luff, as well as our guests Sue Morgan and Judith Burnett.  We could not persuade John Russell, who will be 98 on 20th June this year (2018) to make the journey to Melbourne.  120 people attended the celebrations.

NATIONAL COUNCIL MEETING.  The next National Council meeting is being held in Sydney on 26th May.  This is the third time it will have been held in Sydney.

This year's Midwinter Dinner is being held at Tattersall's Club, 215 Queen St (Cnr Queen & Edward St), Brisbane City Mall.  We are there as a guest of a Tattersall's member, Mr Richard Unwin, who is also our Qld ANARE Club President.  Please note, the entry is via the inside of Tattersall's Arcade.  Accommodation is also available at the club.  Dress code is Jacket and tie.

Car Parking.  Parking is available at the Queens Plaza Car Park, where the entry is off Edward St (one-way street).  Parking is also available at The Winter Garden Car Park, off Elizabeth St next to the Hilton Brisbane, also a one-way street.  Regarding both car parks, take your car park entry ticket and present it to the Concierge in reception at Tattersall's for validation.  This will give you a discount when departing the car park. 

70th MACQUARIE ISLAND ANNIVERSARY.  There will be another 70th milestone anniversary this year for Macquarie Island, which is being celebrated in Hobart on August 6th 2018.  This event ties in with the ANARE AGM, along with the Australian Antarctic Festival, which runs from 2nd to 5th August.  All are welcome to attend, and details can be found on the National ANARE Club website.  Trevor Luff will be attending the festival, where he will also be working on the ANARE Club stand.



Kenilworth Antarctic Expedition - Review

On Wednesday 15 November 2017 Syd Kirkby's Antarctic presentation was filmed in front of an audience of Queensland ANARE Club members and other Antarctic enthusiasts.  The video of this enthralling talk will be added to the museum's historical collection.

A picnic lunch on the verandah was enjoyed by all, followed by a viewing of several Antarctic movies including Frank Hurley's photography.  It was a very successful day.

Syd Kirkby

Photographs courtesy Dale Jacobsen.

Kenilworth Antarctic Expedition

Wednesday 15 November 2017

A one-day Antarctic Expedition will be taking place at Kenilworth, Queensland (Sunshine Coast Hinterland) on Wednesday 15 November 2017.  The venue is The Movie Museum and Electric Theatre.  Check it out here -
www.cinemaworks.net.au.   Kev Franzi is proprietor and film curator of the Museum.

In the morning there will be an Antarctic presentation by Syd Kirkby.  The presentation will be filmed and an audience is required.  Syd will talk about his experiences in Antarctica and he will be showing his own photographs, which will include some uncommon material.  The video of Syd's talk will then be added to the museum's collection.

A self-catered picnic lunch is planned.  For those needing to buy food t
here are food outlets in Kenilworth, 3km from the venue.

After lunch there will be
a selection of Antarctic films from the museum. 

Location: Cinema Works, 2655 Eumundi Road, Kenilworth.

Cost: $10 per person and BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL.  Bookings can be made via the ANARE Club, email address 'carstensdk@bigpond.com'.  Alternatively bookings can be made direct to the museum - email 'fido5@cinemaworks.net.au'  Please advise how many will be attending. 

Time:  10.30am to whenever it finishes!! (say, 3 or 4pm)

Bring:  All your own food and drinks.

Transport:  Your own transport.  Car pooling is suggested.

Queensland Midwinter Dinner 2017

Queensland ANARE Club Midwinter Dinner is on Friday June 30 at the Parklands Room, Hotel Urban and the cost is $85.  Larcie George Friend will be the special guest, and will give a first-hand account of the sinking of the Nella Dan in December 1987.

The AGM is at 6pm, followed by pre-dinner drinks at 6:30pm and dinner at 7pm.

Full address is Parklands Room, Hotel Urban, 345 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane.  Hotel Urban offers discounted overnight rates for people attending the dinner.

Payment may be made by Bank Transfer, Cheque or Money Order.  See the Midwinter Dinner page for RSVP details.

ANARE Club Spring Gathering 2017 at Noosaville QLD

It has become a tradition for ANARE people from all over Australia to get together at Noosaville, combining visits to the Sunshine State with the opportunity to meet with those lucky enough to live in the locality. ANARE Expeditioners and their families are welcome to join this gathering.

The date for the Next ANARE gathering is Wednesday 6 September 2017.

Queensland ANARE Club Newsletter - June 2017

The Queensland Midwinter Dinner will be held on Friday 30 June from 6pm.  For full details see above, and also the Midwinter Dinner page.

It has been 25 years since the sinking of the Nella Dan and at the Midwinter Dinner we have guest speaker George Friend who will give a first-hand account of this event.

This year we also have a very special guest John Russell plus family members attending our MWD. It is 70 years this year since the establishment of Herd Island. John wintered on H.I. in 1952, five years after establishment. It was also a tragic year as they lost two of their expeditioners. Before Herd Island, John wintered at Macquarie Island in 1949 & also wintered @ Mawson in 1954. He then spent the years of 1957/1958 with the American’s on the IGY (International Geophysical Year). His first introduction to all things Antarctica was at the age of 10 years when he met Lady Shackleton in his home town of Dulwich England. John will be 97 years old on the 20th of June this year.

Another milestone is the loss of the famous Polar Ship the S.Y. Aurora 100 years ago on the 20th of June in 1917. It sailed out of Newcastle never to be seen again with 21 crew members on board. There is a special service being held in the Newcastle Cathedral on Tuesday 20th of June commencing @ 12 noon. A special Plaque which has been commissioned by the ANARE Club will be unveiled by the Director of the Australian Antarctic Division. A contingent from Qld & interstate is being led by David Carsten’s & will attend this event. Anyone who wishes to attend will be made most welcome. Lunch is to follow at 1.00pm just down the road at the Customs House. The full story of this event will appear in a future edition of the AURORA.

We will also be presenting Trevor & Jennie Henkel, the owners / restorers of the Macpherson Robertson the 25ft work boat (Lollipop) with a Plaque to attach to their boat. The story of finding this boat appeared in this year’s summer edition of the AURORA.