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FOUR AUSTRALIAN AU R[LIidT ANTARCTIC Li UEIIS APPOINT D

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

The L nister for Supply (Senator Ken Anderson) today NOV- 7)

announced the appointment of the leaders of the four parties of men who

will form the Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions (IITARE)

at Lacquarie Island, i:iawson, Davis and Casey in 1969-70.

The Officer-in-Charge at LIccquarie Island Station will be

Lr. John Bennett, 30,of Cottesloe, Western Australia.

Hr. Bennett, formerly of the :education Department of WA,

graduated as a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in economics, at the University

of Western Australia.

In addition to holding a private pilot's licence, he has many

general outdoor interests and has fostered a wide range of youth activities.

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1;1r. William Bruce Roy Smith,of Artarmon, New South Tales,

will lead the party at lawson.

Born in Artarmon in 1922, Mr. Smith served with the RAlu' as

a navigator with Bomber Command in Britain. His aircraft was shot down and

he became a prisoner of war in Germany in November, 1944.

After his discharge he graduated as Bachelor of Civil

Engineering from the Sydney University and qualified as a surveyor.

He has worked with the Public Works Department in Konedobu,

Papua, and is currently a Supervising Engineer with the Now South Wales

Department of Hain Roads.

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Mr. John Francis Stalker, 36, of Y1ojmera, South Australia,

will head the party to Davis.

Lir. Stalker has been a member of two iU i E parties, at

.i acquarie Island in 1962 and i.awson in 1964 as weather observer in charge.

He has served at a number of remote stations throughout

Australia as a Weather Observer with the Bureau of Meteorology.

?.ir. Gordon Elliot l.icInnes, 42, of Kew, Victoria, will lead

the party to Casey.

itir. L.iclnnes graduated as Bachelor of Science, majoring in

geology, from Sydney University, and was also awarded their Diploma of

Education.

He has taught in a number of Australian schools, at

Trinity Grammar (Melbourne) for the past 10 years.

His outdoor interests have taken him walking and skiing over

many of Australia's mountains, an d he was a crew member in the 1958

Sydney-Hobart yacht race.

C :I^TBERRA. Nov ember 7, 1969 .