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Opening of new Antarctic station at Casey



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No. 8

FOR PR 1SS

OPENIIIG OF ITI tr Ai t.RCTIC STATION AT CASLTY

(Statement by the Minister for Supply, Senator Ken Anderson)

Australia's now Antarctic station at Casey will be opened at 9 p.m.

(E.S„T.) today (Feb. 19).

The Minister for Supply, Senator Ken Anderson, today sent the following

message to Casey:

"The opening of the new Australian Antarctic station at Casey, with

the transfer of operations from Wilkes, is an appropriate occason for me to

extend npr greetings and best wishes to the members of the e:zpeditions at both

these stations and on the motor vessel Thala Dan.

"To Mr. Heil Brightwell, Officer in Charge, and members of the 1968

party at Wilkes, I hope that you enjoy a safe and pleasant journey home to

join your friends and families inAustralia.

"I wish Mr. Ted Howells and his men, viho are now takin g; over the new

base at Casey, a fruitful and rewarding year.

"The time t:hich was lost due to the heavy ice conditions this season

will throw an extra burden of work on the 1969 party, particularly during the

settling-in period early in the year.

"I am confident that, with your enthusiasm and willingness, you will

overcome any difficulties which arise and ensure that you will begin your year

on a happy and confident note and continue on to have a successful tour of duty.

"The assistance given by the Southwind and her crew in helping

Thala Dan through the heavy ice, and in helping you to unload the ship,

demonstrates the international co-operation which characterises the attitude

of nations operating in Antarctica.

"It is fitting that I should have this opportunity of expressing rrr

gratitude to the Government of the United States and to the Coastguard Service,

and in particular to the captain and crew of the Southviind, for their willing

assistance”.

CANBERRA, February 19, 1969.