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.

4 thoughts on “062_Jeff_Maynard

  1. Andrew Atkin

    Hi Matt. I’m a newcomer to Ice Coffee but your biggest fan. I’m also a coffee lover and antarctic history buff. I’m working my way through the back catalogue chronologically and appreciate the fine detail and editorial comment you have applied to the body of work. I agree with you that Markham was a complete dick and that some of the lesser known stories are as heroic as the well known narratives of Scott and the Boss. I also like your recognition of Bruce and your correct interpretation of his relationship with Markham. I assume you just wigged out when you saw the self serve espresso machine at Scott Base? Thanks for the podcasts.

    1. worldslaziestbusker Post author

      Hi Andrew
      I did indeed love the espresso machine at Scott Base. I never got particularly good at making coffee with it but I put in a lot of practice and made a lot of hot, black, caffeinated liquid and that’s a win in its own right, right there.
      Thanks for the props.
      What’s your relationship with Scott Base, if you don’t mind me digging on your familiarity with the beverage making facilities?
      Thanks again for getting in touch.

      1. Andrew Atkin

        Hi again Matt. I first went to the Ross Sea on Kapitan Khlebnikoff in 1999 for the wildlife but instantly got interested in History after visiting Cape Adare. After a couple of other trips-“L’Astrolabe” to Dumont D’Urville and Commonwealth Bay (volunteer oceanography) and flight to Scott Base (student) I embarked on a PhD at Gateway Antarctica in Christchurch (Bernacchi and the magnetic science on Discovery 1901-04). Since then I’ve retired from my main job at UTS in Sydney and have worked as a historian/naturalist for Nat Geo and Heritage expeditions. Too many peninsula trips, a third run to Ross Sea and a side trip to South Georgia and Falklands. Coffee and Antarctic history both run through my veins. I’m just upstairs after a day of shed work catching up with your episodes on the Terra Nova. I especially like your treatment of Campbell’s party, although you set a high standard throughout. Thanks again. Andrew

  2. worldslaziestbusker Post author

    That’s quite the geographic resume.
    Is your thesis on Bernacchi’s work available for general reading?
    I’m stoked to get this feedback from someone sharing Antarctic history in the context of your work.
    If you find yourself in Melbourne I would be grateful of an opportunity to record an interview for the series, partly so I can bask in further praise but mostly so I can share your doctoral research process and findings with the listeners and hear your take on incidents or characters that particularly hold your attention. I may have missed an angle. You may disagree with me on something. Potential avenues down which to chase a broader understanding of the world’s southern heritage await.


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