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Thala Dan leaves Casey: Davis reopened

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(Statement by the I: ,unister for Supply, Senator Bien Anderson)

After heavy Going through thick ice, the polar ship Thala Dan,

assisted by the American ice-breaker South Wind, reached open sea at 3 a.m.

(L.S.T.) today on its return voyage to Australia, with the 25 men of the 1968

Wilkes expedition aboard.

The hi.nister for Supply, 'oenator Ken l:nderson, said this in Canberra

today (Feb. 21).

Senator Anderson said: "This has been an important week for

Australian Antarctic developments, with the opening of our new station at Casey

and the reopening of our station at Davis."

The opening of Casey vial attended by the corrmianding officer of the

South Wind, Capt. Dolber, with his officers and crew members, and by the

captain of the Thala Dan and his crew.

r. Hoy t'pratt, Deputy Director of the Department of Jupply's

Antarctic Division and expedition leader, officially declared the new station


The !Australian flag was raised by hr. Lob Nicholson, viho led the

construction party at the stc.tior last year.

Iir. 'led Howells, O.I.C. of the 1969 Casey party, said they were proud

to be the first occupants of the station. He read messages of good wishes from

the Governor-General, Lord Casey, and from 6enator i nderson.

After the opening, those present adjoined from the freezing outside

temperatures to the new buildings to enjoy a talk and refreshments.

The `Thala Dan and the uouth Wind sailed later that evening (Feb. 19).

Thala Dan is expected to arrive in i:ielbourne in the afternoon on 1.:arch 1.

On February 19 the Australian station at Davis was reopened, after

having been temporarily closed since 1965.

CANBERRA, February 21, 1969.