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


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The expedition was supported financially by a grant from the University Grants Committee. This grant was used to purchase such items as food, clothing, stationery, etc., and to cover insurance of personnel and instruments. The University Council provided financial support for the three geological field assistants.

Field Gear

Many items necessary for Antarctic field work were already available in the VUWAE Antarctic store. This included sleeping bags, wind-proof clothing, Mead tents, commanda radios and kitchen utensils. New purchases such as kitchen boxes, kitchen utensils, spare primus parts, small first aid kits and sponge rubber mattresses etc., were made. Antarctic Division provided additional gear such as heavy down clothing, heavy gloves, rope, crevasse ladders, large radios, polar tents, manhauling harnesses, toboggans and sledges.


In planning the expedition it was estimated that 30 D.S.I.R. 20-man day food boxes would be required for the season's work. It was later decided to order only 26 food boxes and to supply the equivalent of five food boxes in the form of fresh meat, tinned vegetables and tinned fruit. By the end of the season only 15 had been used. All stocks of loose VUWAE food were left in the VUWAE store at Scott Base. This food, about the equivalent of 4 food boxes, would only be useful as a supplement to new food boxes, and should not be counted as food in hand.


Special equipment, cameras, tape measures, small Abney levels and compasses were borrowed from the Geography and Geology Departments.