Four of the interviews I recorded at the 2018 Australian Antarctic Festival in Hobart.
Bob Tompkins, Joe Johnson, Ian Toohill and John Gillies share some of their experiences in the south and Dave Davies rounds the episode out with some Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Episode 068 is here for your listening pleasure.IMG_20180806_153128001_LL.jpg
Some of John Gillies’ handiwork at the hut replica.



Bringing to a close the trilogy of Arctic aviation episodes, this episode ties up loose ends sufficient to fully set the aviation scene for the first flights in Antarctica.
I’ve really enjoyed putting these episodes together.

Recent Tasmania adventures get some sizzle but the content won’t reflect my time in Hobart until later this month.

Here you go

Going Vega again


With aircraft offering opportunities to keep the feet dry and singalling a possible end to the miseries of sledging in all its forms, key players were keen to get flying. Efforts in the north require some attention as the experiences in the Arctic shaped the approach those key players took when they brought flying machines south.
Episode 065 can be found here.

Left: Amundsen trying to look Fonzerelli level cool but failing because of the seal skin parker keeping him warm.
Top right: N25 on the ice awaiting wings.
Bottom right: Both Dorniers on the supply vessel Hobby.  If anyone knows what ship the photograph was taken from I’d be grateful for some insight.