Monday, 3 November 2008

Meet JCU's Antarctic explorer Dr Jon Stephenson

Come and join us on the 7th November at 10am in the InfoHelp training room (ground floor, Mabo Library Townsville) to listen to Dr Jon Stephenson, original staff member of Townsville University College Geology department and expedition member. The presentation will give some additional background about James Cook (Antarctic pioneer) and Antarctica, and about the inaccessibility of the Weddell Sea approach, as against the easier Ross sea entry, to Antarctica used by Amundsen and Scott in their race to the South Pole. It also reflects very briefly on what is happening scientifically in Antarctica today.

You are invited to stay for morning tea after the presentation. For catering purposes please RSVP to Helen Hooper by Wednesday 5th November (email: or phone: 4781 4381).

In conjunction with the talk an exhibition of photographs and memorabilia taken by Dr. Stephenson during the 1955-58 Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition to commemorate 50 years is currently on display on the first floor of the Eddie Koiki Mabo library (Townsville) until Friday 21th November.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for putting on such a great event, Jon was an interesting speaker and I hope the library puts on some more events like this.

Anonymous said...

This event was simply wonderful. I have attended countless public lectures and talks in my time but cannot recall any to rival the interest which Dr. Stephenson's address generated. I also spent quite a slice of Friday morning with the photographs upstairs. What a wonderful way to get people interested in the special collection of books you displayed with them.


Sharon B said...

Thanks for your feedback. We thought the talk went really well, and it's great to hear how people felt about it.

We'll certainly think about bringing in more guest speakers with interesting stories to tell and topics to discuss.