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Antarctic Voyage

The voyage of the Kista Dan to Antarctica in 1954-55.
Year : 1956 | Total Duration : 37 Minutes | Producer : Ronald Maslyn Williams
Climber in an Antarctic ice field. Icebreaker, Eugowra, in the Antarctic.
WS ships moored at Port Melbourne, WS ship slowly moving through waterway, ship stern in F/G, tug pulling ship as man stands on wharf edge, sailing vessel moving quickly alongside ships, WS moored expedition ship ÒKista DanÓ, being readied for departure at wharf busy with people, expedition leader John Bechervaise puts swag over shoulder, Kista Dan sign in B/G, walks with luggage alongside ship, crates being loaded, caravan on wharf, Bechervaise walks to gangway, VS hut sections and supplies being loaded into hold, top shot amphibious army duck, mail bags put on board.
Access No. 133043 | 1 min 59 secs | 1950s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Red plywood caravan being loaded onto ship ÒKista DanÓ for Antarctic expedition, family looking up, sledge being hoisted up, VS expedition snowmobile being loaded, men working on deck, MCU Kista Dan's bow, water reflections. MS two Antarctic expedition officials having discussion. Overhead shot lines being drawn on large map showing expedition route. VS Kista Dan departure, families on wharf, captain, hoisting and reeling in lines, battening down, group of boys watching, men on crows nest, overhead shot crowd on wharf.
Access No. 133044 | 2 mins 22 secs | 1950s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Duffle bag being thrown down ship's stairwell, man coming down stairs with bag, man checking engines. MS sailor casting off, tug, pilot on bridge, tug towline, crew members waving, POV ship crowd on wharf as it moves off, crew waving, ship leaving wharf with send-off crowd in B/G. Danish flag waving at stern, WS ship ÒKista DanÓ leaving port guided by tug, family waving from wharf. Aerials Kista Dan on wide ocean, POV ship blue water.
Access No. 133045 | 1 min 44 secs | 1950s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Ship Kista Dan's captain Hans Petersen in red sweater using sextant, enters wheelhouse, VS captain and another man looking at mariners' charts. Expedition leader, John Bechervaise typing in cabin. VS crew members having leisure time playing music, board games at table, reading, chess game. Radio officer with another man in ship's wireless room, postmaster typing and smoking, medical officer checking supplies, crewman cutting colleague's hair on deck.
Access No. 133046 | 2 mins 3 secs | 1950s | Southern Ocean, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS Antarctic expedition meteorologists checking weather instruments on board ship ÒKista DanÓ, CU wind speed dial. WS ocean swell. MCU barograph, bucket thrown in sea and men measuring and recording temperature of seawater. POV ship's bridge, barograph, MS two crewmen, men tying down blue sail, POV rolling ship to sea, men fastening down lifeboat, rubber boots on wet deck. WS rough sea, VS POV pitching ship, drums on deck, cook and helpers on deck with guideline, rear view men along side deck of ship.
Access No. 133047 | 2 mins 44 secs | 1950s | Southern Ocean, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS huge ocean swell then calmer deep blue water POV moving ship. Crewmen working on deck of ÒKista DanÓ, crewman looking through binoculars. POV ship rigging to Heard Island, seagull in flight over grey water, LS Kista Dan anchored in Atlas Cove, Heard Island, pan of island covered in snow, penguin colony, large seabird in flight (possibly Great Skua), chick on ground. WS large crater in desolate landscape with cloud shadow, WS T-L shadow moving towards jutting rock. MS seals, MCU seals snarling and wriggling around.
Access No. 133048 | 1 min 33 secs | 1950s | Heard Island, Antarctica, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS men packing up crates on Heard Island Australian Station to leave for Mawson, VS men packing equipment and demountable buildings, men watching asked to help, man signalling, two men on top of amphibious vehicle driving off, loaded army duck enters water. Rear view Captain Petersen on duck looking overboard, good WS army duck through water, MS man signalling from ship ÒKista DanÓ. Husky dogs waiting to be loaded onto ship, man handling two dogs. VS ship being loaded with crates, two winchmen, crate into hold, swinging crate.
Access No. 133049 | 2 mins 14 secs | 1950s | Heard Island, Antarctica, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tilt up ship's radar turning, track over small icefloes floating in undulating water, seaman on ship's lookout, POV ship icy waters, iceberg rising and falling. Ship's officer looking through radar instrument. WS expanse of icefloes, men at stern looking at sea, track past seal lying on icefloe, four seamen on deck. Good track past iceberg with Antarctic mainland in B/G, four men on deck pointing, seaman pulling rope, man releasing chain to drop anchor, MS ship's rigging. VS men packing up and getting ready to land, three men observing icebergs.
Access No. 133050 | 2 mins 8 secs | 1950s | Antarctica | © NFSA | Colour |
VS Antarctic expedition seamen preparing amphibious ducks (boats) to go ashore, VS crew, POV boat duck approaching mainland. Shaky WS slight zoom to expedition ship ÒKista DanÓ, birds on icefloe, gaff used to avoid ice, WS boat moving through icefloes. Seal wriggling over ice and submerging under water. WS track duck vehicle driving over snow, three men on top. Pan of panoramic view of bay and frosty land, VS men setting up camp, three men walking over glacier, WS barren Vestfold Hills, men examining glacial rocks, checking charts of area.
Access No. 133051 | 2 mins 15 secs | 1950s | Antarctica | © NFSA | Colour |
POV ship through rigging to blue sea and icefloes, icefields, POV moving through ice, overhead shot tip of icebreaker grinding through ice, POV mass of ice, shadow receding from ice, good overhead shot ice cracking up, WS icefield. Mate turning to look up, seaman on crow's nest, good high POV bow through ice, crewman in wheelhouse, bow reversing, good overhead shot cutting through ice and stopping.
Access No. 133052 | 1 min 30 secs | 1950s | Antarctica | © NFSA | Colour |
WS expedition ship ÒKista DanÓ stuck in ice, WS track two penguins waddling then sliding over ice, joining third penguin, bow of ship firmly held in ice, good shot two men walking near penguins. VS crew preparing to go on land exploration, packing sledges and orange caravan, three curious penguins, LS vehicles hooked up by towline moving off, MS orange vehicles and sledge across snow. Two men working, Kista Dan in B/G, good shot group of four men throwing snowballs, man on deck being hit, WS snowball fight between ship's crew.
Access No. 133053 | 1 min 54 secs | 1950s | Antarctica | © NFSA | Colour |
LS Antarctic explorers approaching dead seal, WS men in snow, men handling two huskies, doctor taking blood sample form dead seal, man sharpening knife, two men observing. WS huskies pulling sled as men walk behind, rear view running towards expedition ship ÒKista DanÓ stuck in ice. Man checking ice with gaff (pole), MCU checking ice thickness in opening, expedition leader John Bechervaise in discussion with another man on ice.
Access No. 133054 | 1 min 1 sec | 1950s | Antarctica | © NFSA | Colour |
WS Danish flag blowing from stern of ship ÒKista DanÓ, icefields breaking in B/G, POV ship moving away from floating iceshelves, high shot from ship ice. Crewman in crow's nest, MS captain in wheelhouse, pipe in mouth. POV ship iceshelves, MS broken ice, men on deck pointing, VS observing ice, pan from iceberg to ship's mast and bow. Silhouette officer in wheelhouse, POV through ship's rigging ,VS icebergs. Crewmen packing in forecastle (sailors' quarters), MS ship's captain in wheelhouse with scientist Phillip Law who looks through binoculars.
Access No. 133055 | 1 min 50 secs | 1950s | Antarctica | © NFSA | Colour |
POV ship ÒKista DanÓ through mast and rigging moving through icefloes in blue water, overhead shot crew and husky dogs on deck, MCU crewman with husky, VS crewmen at work on deck, officer with pipe looks through binoculars, POV ship grey water and distant ice. MS men on deck watching out, POV ship's bridge across blue water to coast of MacRobertson Land, men on deck, view through rigging. Bosun giving signal, crewmen in crow's nest. POV across bow to Mawson settlement (station) on land.
Access No. 133056 | 1 min 17 secs | 1950s | Mawson, Antarctica, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS crewmen from expedition ship ÒKista DanÓ preparing to land at Mawson, signalling, dropping anchor, WS ship. WS group of men from Mawson settlement. High shot POV ship amphibious duck going ashore, VS men watching from shore, duck driving from water onto shore. MS group Adelie penguins. Phillip Law greeted by officer in charge of station, Bob Dovers, handshake, VS men from both parties chatting. Sign ÒMawson Post & Telegraph OfficeÓ, WS man handing out mail, men reading letters.
Access No. 133057 | 1 min 42 secs | 1950s | Mawson, Antarctica, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS amphibious duck towing snowmobile on raft coming in to shore at Mawson station, men guiding tractor on hoist, orange caravan rolling off ramp. WS men on wharf, dogs F/G, men unloading duck, prefabricated building being unloaded from ship, worker signalling down motion, overhead shot unloading. VS men working outdoors at Mawson station, VS erecting prefabricated huts. Meteorologist releasing weather balloon, balloon floating up into blue sky. Two geologists examining rocks on hillside.
Access No. 133058 | 2 mins 21 secs | 1950s | Mawson, Antarctica, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Antarctic workers at Mawson station unloading blocks of ice to use for drinking water, interior VS postmaster stamping letters, dog handler cutting seal meat, man chopping at frozen meat with axe, dogs barking in B/G, MS excited husky, CU husky barking, dog handler feeding dogs, comical shot penguin tormenting husky on chain. Two men surveying, high shot expedition vehicles by rocks in snow, LS pan across desolate snowfield with distant rocky hills.
Access No. 133059 | 1 min 18 secs | 1950s | Mawson, Antarctica, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Pan R-L Mawson settlement on barren coast to ship ÒKista DanÓ anchored in harbour. Interior kitchen with table set, man showing another man kitchen facilities, wireless operator showing equipment to new operator, incoming doctor being shown hospital equipment, engineer being shown tools. WS man walking across rocks as penguins disperse, two CU's huskies, MCU man holding husky puppy.
Access No. 133060 | 57 secs | 1950s | Mawson, Antarctica, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS crewmen on deck of expedition ship ÒKista DanÓ winching in anchor, pulling on stay, POV boat moving away from shoreline of Mawson station, group of men in duck (amphibious boat) waving farewell, group of men on shore waving, MS men. VS Antarctic workers embarking Kista Dan from duck, huge winch and chains turning, overhead shot anchor being raised, two seamen in wheelhouse.
Access No. 133061 | 1 min 14 secs | 1950s | Mawson, Antarctica, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
POV stern of moving ship ÒKista DanÓ wake in deep blue icy water, men on stern watching land as they move further away, three Antarctic expedition members (leaving Mawson station) including leader Phillip Law who looks through binoculars, pan L-R glacial Antarctic land and sea inlet, WS Australian flag blowing in wind.
Access No. 133062 | 38 secs | 1950s | Mawson, Antarctica, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |