25 January 2018
Base E Conservation Team
Our initial walk inside a darkened main Base E hut was rather depressing with flaking paint, dripping water and swollen wall panels greeting the eye but after the all the shutters were removed, some for the first time in over 40yrs, what a difference we saw. History oozed from the walls and one could only think of the view that the likes of Terry Tallis and Dave Burkitt witnessed of the dog teams coming home safely from the field down the North East Glacier from the Plateau; amphitheater, sodabread slope place names of a bygone era. The closing down of Stonners in 1975 by Graham wright and his team saved the building greatly with the outside in a far better condition than we expected. We all have our favourite rooms, some like the lounge with its remaining books on the shelves, a legacy of the 1600 that once were available. My favourite spot is the old dog harness store where the iconic names of the teams, the Ladies, Komats, Vikings and the mighty Huns stand proud, what a great connection to the dog teams of the past.