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Salient: An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University of Wellington. Vol. 24, No. 5. 1961

Living Quarters

Living Quarters

The present Met. camp is luxuriant, compared with the old 1941 camp. There is a large hostel, with a big kitchen and a huge living room. Other buildings, for various meteorological recordings, are scattered fairly widely over the flat area below Mt. Beeman. This station has a personnel of 11 men, usually only staying one year.

Our party stayed in the 1941 camp which is about one mile from the present Met. camp. Until recently this camp was, according to reports, in good condition. However, some misguided person ordered the place to be destroyed, presumably because at the time of occupation the buildings were plagued with rats. Consequently several of the buildings, Including the generator and shed, were completely destroyed, and the camp in general was a shambles.

However, after cleaning out the main living quarters and doing a little carpentry tacking polythene sheeting over broken windows (every window), the camp was quite habitable, and held the seven of us much more comfortably than the antarctic-type tents we took down would have.