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Victoria University Antarctic Research Expedition Science and Logistics Reports 1970-71: VUWAE 15


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The 1970/71 party (VUWAE 15) was made up as follows:-
Leader: Peter Barrett M.Sc. (Auckland), Ph.D. (Ohio State Univ.), Post-Doctoral Fellow Victoria University, Wellington.
Deputy Leader: Barry Kohn B.Sc. (Hons.), doctoral student.
Geologist: Rodney Grapes B.A. (Hons.), Junior Lecturer, doctoral student.
Geologist: Rosemary Askin B.Sc. (Hons.), doctoral student.
Geologist: John McPherson B.Sc. (Hons.), M.Sc. student.
Geologist: David Reid B.Sc. (Hons.), M.Sc. student.
Geologist/Paleontologist: Alex Ritchie Ph.D. (Edinburgh), Curator of Fossils, Australian Museum, Sydney.
Geologist/Paleontologist: Gavin Young B.Sc. (Hons.), Assistant Curator of Fossils, Bureau of Mineral Resources, Canberra.

The VUWAE 15 programme was planned during February 1970 by Barrett, Kohn and Grapes. Ritchie had expressed a keen interest in carrying out Antarctic field-work water receiving the fish fossils collected by VUWAE 13 in early 1969, and was invited to join the party by Professor Clark. Ritchie then selected Young who had previously worked on fossil fish in east Australia as his field assistant. Both Ritchie and Young were financed by their respective institutions. Applications for three geological field assistants were called for in April 1970 and drew about fifteen applicants. Miss Askin and Messrs. McPherson and Reid were selected for the positions in early June. Ritchie visited Wellington in mid-June 1970 to meet expedition members and discuss details of the programme.

Messrs, Kohn, Grapes, McPherson, Reid and Young, and Miss Askin attended the Antarctic Training Week at Tekapo in August 1970. This proved to be a most valuable experience and allowed us to meet the future Scott Base Leader and other participants in the 1970/71 NZARP programme.