With Sir Hubert Wilkins set to take a prominent role in several episodes I sat down for coffee and a chat with Jeff Maynard, who knows more about Australia’s forgotten polar explorer than I know about most of my family.
Episode 062 available here.
As promised in episode 061, here’s a picture of one of the alleged sledge dogs taken south as part of the British Imperial Antarctic Expedition.
Two episodes in quick succession.
Weren’t expecting that, were you?
I was too excited about sharing the story of Lester and Bagshawe to wait a month to get this out and so trebled the five buck monthly outlay on the hosting service to service my need to let you know about the two and the dogs.
The most disarmingly charming chapter in Antarctic history.
Many Antarctic veterans served in the First World War. This episode I outline the military service of several of those veterans who will make return appearances in the south.
The Great War also affected the political landscape of Antarctica and that gets some attention, too.
How long’s it been since I published a short episode?
You’ll be halfway through some task or errand and you’ll hear me making the house keeping announcements, but don’t freak out. You haven’t gone blank or nodded out I’m just keeping things in their lane as much as I can. Likely that won’t last long as I can see multiple concurrent expeditions looming and with radio keeping them in touch and influencing outcomes where previously everyone operated in isolation it’s likely that my discrete expedition/episode strategy is going to come to grief.
Wilkins at work while at war.
In 2016 I attended The Moth during the Melbourne Fringe Festival. I’d recently joined Storytelling Australia Victoria with a view to honing my craft and lined up tickets with a fellow SAV member. He couldn’t make it but I attended on my own, a long history of traipsing around Melbourne to watch live music none of my friends cared for inuring me to social awkwardness arising from being alone in large social settings.
I didn’t realise the stories told at The Moth events needed to be personal and so had spent the drive in thinking through and improving a science fiction story I told at a library event a few months earlier. As the host, Cal Wilson, got the evening rolling the penny dropped. Already with my name in the hat, I quickly mapped an experience from my time in the trauma cleaning industry into something approaching a recognisable story, checked it for spelling and expunging any personal information, and nearly jumped out of my seat when I heard my name announced as one of the ten selected to tell their story that night.
In light of the quality of the other nine tales told I felt extremely chuffed to get the votes to win through to The Moth Grandslam on a date TBA. TBA turned out to be the 18th of June, 2018 and the topic for the night is “When Worlds Collide.”
I am mapping an Antarctic experience to fit the topic and the time limit.
Please join me there if you’re in Melbourne, free on the evening and have the requisite bucks to hand.
Do you like Antarctica?
Do you live in Melbourne?
If you answered yes to both these questions you really need to get yourself a ticket to see Mel Mackenzie on June the 5th.
Shackleton’s depot laying party head to the Ross Sea and fight to get food and fuel to the foot of the Beardmore.
Part one of a two parter recounting one of the most harrowing chapters to arise in the heroic era.
Soundscapes in this episode include Cuverville Island, Port Charcot, the Melchior Islands and Useful Island. Wrong side of the continent to be discussing the Ross Sea but I’ll take it over another session in the pretend dive hut.