1953/54 V2 details

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Kista Dan

©AAD, Copyright Commonwealth of Australia 1955
Catalogue id
Kista Dan
Albion, Patrick


Voyage Leader

Phillip Garth Law

Voyage Objectives

Changeover HI, establish Mawson


This voyage established Mawson station on the coast of Mac Robertson Land. Mawson was officially opened on 13 Feb 1954. Cargo included two Auster aircraft operated by an RAAF team led by Douglas W Leckie, and 27 huskies bred and trained on Heard Island. Although both aircraft were damaged by a storm on arrival at Mawson on 12 Feb one serviceable aircraft was built, and over 400 km of the coast was surveyed by air. An attempt was made to land on Scullin Monolith. The ship then visited the Vestfold Hills, Princess Elizabeth Land, where magnetic measurements and astronomical fixes were made. A landing was also made at Magnetic Island off the Vestfold Hills and the Australian flag was raised. Kista Dan also called at Heard Island and Iles Kerguelen. Refs: The lonely south/Andre Migot (London: Rupert_hart Davis, 1956)

Voyage Reports

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Scullin Monolith  1-Jan-1900  Vestfold Hills  1-Mar-1954 
Vestfold Hills  1-Jan-1900  Heard Island  14-Mar-1954 
Melbourne  4-Jan-1954  Atlas Cove, Heard Island  19-Jan-1954 
Atlas Cove, Heard Island  21-Jan-1954  Iles Kerguelen  22-Jan-1954 
Iles Kerguelen  27-Jan-1954  Mawson  11-Feb-1954 
Mawson  23-Feb-1954  Scullin Monolith  25-Feb-1954 
Heard Island  15-Mar-1954  Iles Kerguelen  17-Mar-1954 
Iles Kerguelen  19-Mar-1954  Melbourne  31-Mar-1954 

See also List of sitreps - not guaranteed to work as voyage naming conventions are not consistent.

See the 1953/54 Voyage Schedule for other voyages for this season.

Voyage track

Spatial bounds of voyage

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Voyage Data and Activities

Voyage activities

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Science Projects

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No Australian Antarctic Science Projects for voyage. See Current and Previous Projects for details on other projects.