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Issue Details: First known date: 2011... 2011 Unique and Unspoilt : A Year among the Natural Wonders of Heard Island
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The 1953 journals of John Béchervaise.

'Heard Island, close to Antarctica, has been inhabited for only a few years between December 1947 and March 1955 when it hosted an Australian base. Unique and Unspoilt: A Year among the Natural Wonders of Heard Island is based on the journals of John Béchervaise during his 13 months as officer in charge. His journals document the beauty of the isolated island, the tyranny of its harsh climate, and the daily struggle of the handful of men-far from their families and loved ones-charged with running a scientific base.

'Béchervaise's recorded observations of Heard Island's fascinating fauna and limited flora, the nuances of the changing seasons, and his weather-beaten attempts to scale its volcanic peak, leave us with a remarkable-and rare-picture of a bleak yet beautiful Antarctic island.' (From the publisher's website.)

Notes

  • Dedication: This book is dedicated to Fred Elliott and Jack Ward, two fine men.
  • Launched at the National Library of Australia, Australian Capital Territory, 23 March 2011.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Parkes, Inner Canberra, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory,: National Library of Australia , 2011 .
      Extent: 211p., [16]p. of platesp.
      Description: illus. (some col.), 1 map
      Note/s:
      • Includes glossary
      • Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-211)
      ISBN: 9780642276926 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

From His Diary, a Journey Sally Pryor , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 23 March 2011; (p. 4-5)
From His Diary, a Journey Sally Pryor , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 23 March 2011; (p. 4-5)
Last amended 5 May 2011 14:10:16
Subjects:
  • Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Australian External Territories,
  • Antarctica,
  • 1953
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