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Phillip Law Medal - 2017 Recipient
of the Phillip Law Medal
Announced and presented at Hobart Midwinter Dinner
Citation by Acting President Ian Mackie
Dave McCormack has wintered six times; at Casey 1972 and Mawson 1974 as Senior Diesel Mechanic
Dave is passionate about the history of Antarctic exploration and ANARE in particular. He has been
personally responsible for the recovery from Antarctica of a number of ANARE artifacts over the
years and the restoration of a number of items of mechanical equipment. After station changeover
in 1988/89, Dave volunteered to stay on during the second summer for field work.
This involved returning traverse vehicles from Dovers summer base in the Northern Prince Charles Mountains
to Mawson, the discovery and recovery of Bob Dovers’ “50 Mile Depot”, the removal of the “Russian Fuel Dump”
near Guam, the cleanup of the fuel and supply dump at “Henderson Depot”, and the recovery of the
“Barge Caravan” from Fischer Nunatak where it was used as a remote weather station in 1954.
Dave was the driving force behind these cleanup and recovery operations.
Ian Mackie, Acting President ANARE Club
Acceptance Speech by Dave McCormack (less his anecdotal "short" story)
Thank you Ian for your kind words of introduction. It is a very great privilege to be honoured with this
Phillip Law medal and I sincerely thank those who were involved in my nomination. I have always had a passion
for the preservation of our Antarctic Heritage and I appreciate this has been recognised by the ANARE Club.
Dave McCormack, recipient 2017 Phillip Law Medal