Davis Station Postmasters


John King Davis - Antarctic navigator who in 1907 became chief officer of Shackleton's steam yacht Nimrod, sailing for Antarctica on 07.Aug.1907.

After the British Antarctic Expedition, Davis commanded the Nimrod, sailing via Macquarie Island and Cape Horn. In 1911 he was then appointed master of the Aurora, and second-in-command of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-14, under Douglas Mawson. During the expedition he made five cruises, essential in establishing and relieving the wintering bases at Macquarie Island and, on the Antarctic mainland, at Commonwealth Bay and on the Shackleton Ice Shelf.

In 1916 he commanded the Ross Sea Relief Expedition, mounted to rescue Shackleton's 'shore party' left at McMurdo Sound to support their leader's epic but ill-fated attempt to cross Antarctica from the Weddell Sea. After being marooned for two winters with inadequate supplies and equipment, its members reached New Zealand in the Aurora on 9 February 1917.

A career Royal Australian Navy officer, he took leave to command the Discovery during the British, Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition 1929-30 under Mawson.

Australia's second station on the Antarctic Continent, established in 1957, was named Davis Station in his honour.

Further to my last blog, some readers may know that I have been writing an encyclopaedia of Antarctic philately. As a part of this I have been trying to document the people who have been postmasters at the Australian Antarctic bases. I will publish all these in coming blog posts, but here is what I know of the Postmasters during expeditions to Davis Station:

  • 1958 Elliott Trigwell

  • 1959 Ray Torkler

  • 1960 not known

  • 1961 Alex Brown

  • 1962 Dave Ward

  • 1963 Bryan Eyre

  • 1964 Ron Whelan

  • 1965 (not operational (N.0.)

  • 1968 (N.0.)

  • 1967 (N.0.)

  • 1968 (N.0.)

  • 1969 Ken Bennett

  • 1970 Richard Westwood

  • 1971 Brian (Red) Ryder

  • 1972 Peter Butcher

  • 1973 not known

  • 1974 not known

  • 1975 not known

  • 1978 Dagur Vilhjalmsson

  • 1977 not known

  • 1978 not known

  • 1979 Ray Hinchey

  • 1980 not known

  • 1981 Ron Sidebottom

  • 1982 Ray Hinchey

  • 1983 Shane Jeppson

  • 1984 Bob Orchard

  • 1985 Patrick Haddock

  • 1986 Tim Price

  • 1987 Allen Rooke

  • 1988 Dennis French

  • 1989 Rod Williams

  • 1990 Peter Croser

  • 1991 Lloyd Symons

  • 1992 David Neudegg

  • 1993 Tonny Powell

  • 1994 Allan Riach

  • 1995 not known

  • 1996 Bob Libbiter

  • 1997 Dail Opuskls

  • 1998 Peter Pokomy

  • 1999 Tom Stokes

  • 2000 Wally Owen

  • 2001 Dave Correll

  • 2002 Paul Wilson

  • 2003 Jeff Becker

  • 2004 Steve Morrow

  • 2005 Sara Conway

  • 2006-2010 not known

  • 2011 Joe Glacken

  • 2012 Joe Glacken

  • 2013- not known

If anyone knows of mistakes or additions, then please drop me a line at p-6-1-B-at-protonmail-dot-com - or via this website.

I've already published in previous blogs a list of Postmasters at:

  • Macquarie Island Station

  • Casey Station

  • Heard Island

Merry Christmas fellow Antarcticans, and a happy 2019!

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