Due to the devastating earthquake in Christchurch the blog below, prepared by Sarah at Scott Base, was not posted when it was received on the 22 February 2011. Staff of the Antarctic Heritage Trust and their families have not been injured but they are involved in cleaning up homes, etc.
Wind Speed: 30 knots, gusting to 35 knots
Temp with wind chill: -35
Being an Australian I am always excited when I find an object that is directly connected to an Australian in one of the Heroic Era Expeditions. Andrew Keith Jack was a member of the Ross Sea Party, a part of Shackleton’s Imperial Trans Antarctic Expedition, 1914-17. Andrew Jack was a physicist on the expedition, in his diary of the time he writes 'In the midst of eternal snows in a waste and barren land'. So I was rapped to be able to conserve A.K.Jack’s sou’wester , which was very stiff, flattened and misshapen when it arrived in the laboratory. It was swabbed with water to remove a salt bloom on the surface and then gently heated with a hair drier to allow it to be reshaped. It was padded and weighted until cool to ensure it held its shape.
A.K. Jacks Sou’wester hat before treatment © AHT/Sarah