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Obituaries and Tributes 2017

Vale- David Weight

Station Year Season
Macquarie Island 1980 Winter

I would like to inform the club that David Weight (Macca '80 ) has passed away.
He was a unique guy with an incredible sense of humour and loved life. He was always telling great stories about the Territory and Darwin. I know all the Macca crew of '80 will be very sad to hear this news. He died on the seventh of May 2017 aged 67 in the Royal Darwin Hospital Hospice
Email received from Denis Carroll 9/05/17


Vale- Charles Taylor

Station Year Season
Casey 1983 Winter

Just to let you know that Michael Charles Taylor died in his sleep in Darwin aged 92 0n the 6th Jan 2017
Email received from Paul Taylor 18/04/17


Vale- Brian Brawley

Station Year Season
Davis 1982 Winter

It is with great sadness to inform you that Brian Brawley from South Australia passed away the evening of 12th March 2017, at home. Liz and family would appreciate if you both can pass on the sad news to Anare Club family, and importantly the team from Davis based members.
Email received from Dee Brawley 13/03/17
The funeral for Brian Brawley will be held at 1-00pm on Wed 22 Mar at the Mount Compass Hall, Mount Compass. Details will be in the Advertiser Sat 18 Mar.
Email received from Ron Hann 16/03/17


Vale- Robert Nicholson

Station Year Season
Davis 1971 Winter

Robert passed away 16 February 2017.
He was a club member of ANARE, attended all dinners. I have his jacket.
Thank you.
Email received from his daughter, Karen Nicholson 19/02/17


Vale- Rick Schmitter

Station Year Season Job
Davis 1964 Winter Cook
Macquarie Island 1966 Winter Cook
Mawson 1978 Winter Cook
Casey 1980 Winter Cook

One week ago I visited Rick at his home in Rye- Victoria, he had been suffering from a cancer that had wracked his body for quite some time, last night the 25th of January, he was admitted to hospital where he died.
Ulrich Schmitter , known to most of his Antarctic colleagues as Rick or Rickie, was 4 times employed with ANARE as the station cook, he looked after the well being of a collective of over 82 expeditioners in providing meals for them throughout their year's service at Davis station 1964, Macquarie Station 1966, Mawson Station 1978 and Casey Station in 1980. He will surely be remembered for his commitment to his job and his companionship as a fellow expeditioner. Rick was awarded the Polar Medal in 1978 and the Australian Antarctic Medal in 1987.
Rich was born in Grabs in Switzerland on the 27th of January 1942, the son of the village baker, a trade he learnt and worked at. He subsequently migrated to Australia and married and continued the family baking tradition in Melbourne and at Rye. Rich had been retired from the bakehouse for several years.
Rick leaves behind his wife Pamela and their 4 children Heidi, Daniel, Daryl and Steve and several grandchildren.
RIP Ulrich.
Email received from Ray MacMahon 26/01/17

Vale- Neil Brandie

Station Year Season
Mawson 1978 Winter

I have just been informed that former President, Neil Brandi, passed away last evening.
A funeral has been tentatively planned for next Tuesday - particulars to follow to enable Council and Club members to attend.
Will arrange flowers, Flag, etc once further wishes are known.
Email received from David Dodd 29/06/17
I have just been advised that Neil's funeral will take place tomorrow (Tuedsy 4 July) at the Bunurong Memorial Park, 790 Frankston-Dandenong Road, Dandenong South Vic 3175 at 1.30 pm in the Cumulus Chapel.
Furthur email received from David Dodd 3/07/17


Vale- John Shaw

Station Year Season
Mawson 1957 Winter

I just received a phone call from Margaret Shaw reporting that her husband John passed away on Wednesday 14 June, after a short illness.
He wintered at Mawson in 1957; the SHAW Islands were named after him. The death was reported in last Saturday's Herald.
Email received from Owen Holmwood 21/06/17
SHAW John Eric, 2.5.1929-14.6.2017
Former Antarctic Researcher and CSIRO Scientist
Passed away peacefully aged 88 years after a long and fulfilled life with wife Margaret by his side.
Loved and remembered always by those who met him.
extract from Obituary Notice Published in The Sydney Morning Herald on 17/06/17


Vale- Eddie Davern

Station Year Season
Wilkes 1963 Winter
Wilkes 1967 Winter

Was informed this morning 29/3/17 by Sue Davern that husband Eddie Davern W63 W67 had gone on ahead. The funeral is in the hands of Gregson and Weight at Nambour 07 5476 2866 email Address for Sue is PO Box 217 Mapleton, Q. 4560. Please pass this along to any ANARE chaps you feel should know. If you'd like to send a floral tribute the funeral director says call 07 5446 3052.
Email received from Stephen Grimsley 29/03/17


Vale- Arthur Giese

Station Year Season
Heard Island 1951 Winter
Mawson 1983 Winter
Macquarie Island 1985 Winter

Just letting you know that Arthur Giese, member 358, died in Wagga Wagga on 9th February 2017, aged 90 yrs 8 mths.
Arthur hadn't been going to Midwinter Dinners over the period since his Heard Island trip. So when he went to Mawson, after a break of 31 years, we went every year he was here until he went to the nursing home. Many of the guys like Chompers still call in on their way to Melbourne. We have a dedicated Antarctic room and he had big framed pictures on his wall in the nursing home of real scenes from Mawson and of our son, Phil Giese, taken down south with ice on his beard.
Emails received from Arthur's wife, Jill 14/02/17 & 17/02/17


Vale- Steve Harbour

Station Year Season
Mawson 1970 Winter
Mawson 1971 Winter
Mawson 1973 Winter

To let you know that Steve Harbour passed away at the Royal freemasons Homes in Melbourne on 15/2/17.
Steve was well known for his book Antarctic Diaries Mawson 1970 -1974 and his water colour paintings.
Email received from Grant Reid (C73, M76) 16/02/17


Vale- Ross Anderson

Station Year Season
Casey 1969 Winter

I wanted to pass on that my father, Ross Anderson (1969 Casey Winter) died last week (24 January 2017).
His Grandsons love the old pictures of Gradad at Casey.
Email received from Derek Anderson 30/01/17 (Phone 0404 221 678)