As part of the CIBE expedition, I spent seven weeks on Campbell Island sampling 45 lakes, tarns and ponds all over the island. At each site we collected water and sediment samples. Back in the lab at the University of Bern, Switzerland, I analysed...
It’s a proud day when a scientist has a discovery named after her. In the field of invertebrates the chance of finding a new species is certainly greater than say working in the field of mammals, but even so, it is a rare privilege and one thing on my bucket list that I didn't think I would ever tick off. In my case, my surname (McMurtrie) is being shared with a tiny worm (...
Artists Ben Reid and Annabel Menzies-Joyce came down to Campbell Island during our mid-term resupply. They were there to experience the island through different eyes to the researchers and to interact with the research teams to understand the work that the expedition was doing. Out of this they would be able to tell the story of Campbell Island and its recovery from two centuries of human influence in a different way to that of the research outputs. Ben and Annabel have both achieved a...
It’s been a long time coming but, I have finally produced work in response to my time spent on Campbell Island. I have succeeded in completing 12 new original prints in time for the first show on the 27th of February in Wellington.
Making the commitment to hold five exhibitions to show my prints eight months out, with none of the printing done and with only some loose ideas of what I’m going to do and how...
After 44 years reading the weather, and seven years combined time on Campbell Island (the longest combined time on the island) manning New Zealand's most southern meteorological station, it is time for Mark to hang up the thermometer.
Mark was a key support personnel on the Campbell Island expedition - downloading and interpreting weather maps every night so that we knew what kind of weather was in store for us on the following days. Without Marks interpretation we would not...
We arrived on New Year’s Eve 2006 and tramped to the site with guidance from Department of Conservation officer, Matt Charteris.
We found the beam on the west side of the stream from Six Foot Lake (see first image). A few rods and a small amount of timber were all that we could see of the beam (see second image). Then Matt found a plank of similar age on the east side of the stream.
1972: Sixty years after the whalers, in January 1972, a weather station technician, Chris Glasson, tramped to a bay somewhere on Campbell Island’s southern coast. Here Chris saw a large timber beam with iron spikes sticking out of the peat.
It had been unearthed by wallowing elephant seals and Chris thought that the iron spikes protruding from the beam had discouraged the monsters from dislodging and...
1874: Among several Campbell Island wreck reports of the 1800s, is the following from the December 1874 edition of Nature translated from the French, being part of an account by a French Expedition to Witness the Transit of Venus on Campbell Island that year [iii].
Where was this supposedly metaphorical middle of Campbell Island?
Since 1976, my initial interest had been for the terrestrial historic sites of Campbell Island. One wreck only was recorded on Campbell Island; that of the sealing brig Perseverance in 1828. Two the crew of were drowned [i]. But over time I increasingly wondered about the bulwarks, parts of ship’s boats, planks and spars, old and new that had been seen in North West Bay in the mid to late ...
A lot has happened since we returned on the 11 February to Christchurch from our expedition to Campbell Island. A devastating earthquake 11 days after our return and then another in June were among the more memorable (memorable for all for the wrong reasons) happenings. The February quake sent our freezer in the EOS Ecology lab flying and our irreplaceable 200-odd invertebrate samples thrown to the floor. It was a small miracle that they all survived the shake-up, and our gas-powered...
The basic reporting on the ‘what’ and ‘where’ of the Heritage Team’s work is nearing completion. Site records will be sent for inclusion in the New Zealand Archaeological Association (NZAA) Site Record File, which is the central repository accessed by the NZ Historic Places Trust, Department of Conservation and any researcher or other interested...
One of my projects has been to make an accurate and definitive record of the Meteorological Station and its ancillary facilities (the station was closed 15 years ago in 1995) before the buildings deteriorate further or are removed altogether (already the Ionosonde Building, Magnetic Building, Fluxgate Magnetometer Hut and Seismo Hut have been dismantled and the Hydrogen Shed and Aurora House are next on the list).
The station forms a small but significant part of our history and...
Shelley, congratulations on your very impressive prospectus. Best wishes for your own work on the freshwater environs.
We are most grateful that very busy people, such as you, have been willing to spare the time to help us extend our knowledge of geology and botany.
Pegasus U3A - Geology/Botany Group
Your Trust's vision demonstrates that there is a real role for NZers in the guardianship, understanding and on-going protection of our southern most islands.
Andy Roberts, Department of Conservation
We hope a glass of our beautiful wine will help you end each day on a positive note — and a well deserved one at that.
Kathyrn Ryan, Mountford Estate wines
Wishing you every success in this very exciting project, and we look forward to linking with you via museum exhibitions and events.
Gael Ramsay, Southland Museum
I hope all goes well for you on this adventure and that you find some new and exciting things. We'll be thinking of you (a little enviously) and look forward to hearing about it later.
Can we come too? Seriously, thank you for having the foresight and dedication to help ensure the preservation and protection of something so wildly unique and wonderful. Inspirational!
Greg & Helen, No Worries Company Services Ltd
I bet you'll see some 'firsts' on this trip, so thanks for allowing us to bring this very special and remote place a little closer to our listeners.
Graeme Hill, Environews @ Radio Live
Looking at your site brings back a lot of memories. Had great days at North West Bay building an A frame hut in our spare time. I wonder if it is still there? Wish I was coming with you.
Say gidday to Mark Crompton (Swampy) for me. I was the DSIR technician during my stay and Mark was one of the meterology observers. I met Don Merton during 1970.
All the best for a successful expedition to Campbell Island. No matter what the weather, we know you’ll be warm and dry!
Shelley—you tired, determined, extremely hard working person. The fieldwork on Campbell will be a doddle after all the effort you've devoted to getting there. You have my profound admiration.
Murray Williams, CIBE advisor
Best of luck to the brave team heading south, our thoughts will be with you on this exciting adventure!
Good luck on what is a fantastic initiative. I’m pretty jealous too. Have a great trip, Shelley!
Tom Burkitt, EIANZ
All the best for a successful mission and I look forward to following the process online!
Cynthia Winkworth, Otago University
Steve, What a great trip, I am really proud of you. Have a safe journey. I am going to watch your progress on face book.
Loads of Love, Mom
We only have one planet. Understanding and looking after it is critical. We are proud to support this visit to the Wild South to further our understanding of life in remote places. And envious of your opportunity to visit the island! Enjoy.
Peter Robinson, Hill Labs
This is an awesome expedition which I'm sure will generate some fantastic publications in the years to come. Kia kaha to all, enjoy being there and may it all go well.
Please accept our full donation support of your first aid requirements. Wishing you a safe & successful expedition!