May 15, 2008 at 4:15 am #774
I’m looking for any McMurdo personnel who may remember my dad, Jim
(Jimmy) Graham- a Scots survival trainer at Scott Base in the summer of 1978/79?
I’m his daughter and I’m making a doco about his life. He was always socialising at McMurdo so I’m posting this in the hope of finding anyone who has memories of him.
If you do, I’d love you to get back to me- I’m coming to the States soon, so if you want to meet for an interview that’d be great. Thanks….
+61 2 9565 2421 (Sydney, Australia)May 17, 2008 at 8:32 am #7817
Contact Colin Monteath in Christchurch. Google Hedgehog House and you will see his website links. I’m sure he can assist. Best of luck.
Cheers, TomMay 17, 2008 at 1:35 pm #7818
Somebody may have a link to the OAE society. That’s Old Antarctic Explorers. They are all the people from that time frame that might have known your dad.
MikeMay 17, 2008 at 11:19 pm #7819
Thanks for your leads…
I’m off to Christchurch soon to interview Colin.
JulietMay 18, 2008 at 12:23 pm #7820
I assume you have been in contact with Colin at this poiint. If not, he was the senior guy on the Scott Base team that provided snowcraft training. If he didn’t know your Dad I would be surprised. If they didn’t work at Scott Base at the same time he will be able to tell you who to contact. Another possible source to talk with is Peter Cleary. I don’t have a contact for him but Colin might, or the folks at the AntNZ office in Chch. Also the current head of the New Zealand program, Lou Sanson, started in the program as a instructor at Scott Base and he might also have known your Dad.
BTMay 24, 2008 at 8:42 am #7821
thanks for that- I’m in Christchurch now and have talked to Colin and Lou…everyone really helpful…just trying to locate the OIC of that year, a man called John Presland- so if you have any hints…cheers JulietMay 24, 2008 at 11:35 am #7822
Assume you mean the OIC of Scott Base. That name does not ring a bell as someone at McMurdo. Ask around to some of the old hands in the NZ program. Try Mike Mahon. Good luck.
BTMay 26, 2008 at 10:19 am #7823
Anyone know who was the skidoo mechanic at McMurdo in the summer season of 1978/79? I think he was a civilian. Cheers JulietOctober 31, 2009 at 1:13 am #7824
I think it was Chuck Rush, from Las Vegas.July 12, 2011 at 5:40 pm #7825
I just came across this old post while looking for someone else. I was in McMurdo from 1979-1989, working with the Survival School from NZARP. I never met your Dad (he was the year before), but I heard stories – all good. I do have one bit of trivia. During my first year, I was handed a plaid scarf by one of the Kiwi instructors. They said it belonged to this crazy Scot instructor from the year before. It had to be your dad. For some unknown reason, I carried that scarf around in my pack for years. If my memory serves me correct, I think I left it on the summit of Mt. Lister in 1986 – when I climbed that peak with Rob Hall.
Also, my brother Steve is friends with Chuck Rush and knows how to get in touch with him. Cheers.
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