Morgan Ex 104 Sig Sqn 69/70
Vietnam has never said “no” to himself. From a tour of
duty in Vietnam as a Radio Operator, Dave joined the Weather Bureau
and worked his way up the chain of command. Employed with the Bureau
of Meteorology as an Observer for 30 years he felt he was well qualified
for an opportunity to be part of a very special team. Just like the
Army, Dave trained hard. But harder than you or I could imagine, because
at 54, Dave was training to become one of
the “Weather men” on an Antarctic Expedition.
An adventure of a lifetime, an experience outweighing the fire of
Vietnam, an experience of tranquility in a freezing continent.
After Dave spent the summer at Macquarie Island and Giles Met Office
from February to September 1998 he applied to go back for a winter,
knowing full well that both are very isolated environments. Isolated
is not really the word that describes the cold, rugged frozen land
with incredible scenery, wildlife and plants.
asked Dave a few questions and he said he was based at Macquarie
Island, one of four Australian Antarctic Research Bases. My job
was to sound the upper atmosphere for climate data. I also checked
out the ozone hole, pumped clean air into cylinders for different
universities around the world and checked the carbon dioxide level
in the atmosphere. An interesting job it was and I was quite surprised
when filtering air for pollution to see the amount of impurities.
Life at Macquarie had me well trained in domestic science too. I
spent some time in the kitchen, on hygiene duties, and mowing the
I was involved in other scientific programs too, like the fur seal
program, expeditions to other islands and boating duties.
Macquarie Island is a geologist’s playground with unusual
rocks and rock formations. It is an exposed crest from an undersea
ridge caused by the Pacific Plate that meets the Indo Australian
Plate. It is not uncommon to experience earthquakes during your
stay on Macquarie. One while I was there measured 5.4 on the Richter
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