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Hello, I am Gordon Bain. I was employed by the Australian Antarctic Division which is the Australian Government’s agency which manages its Antarctic interests. The Division has a very good web site with lots of information and links to huge amounts of other information – http://www.aad.gov.au. I was the Deputy Voyage Leader of the ship, Aurora Australis, during the 2000 voyage. In this role I handled most of the coordination of passenger movements and cargo, including considerable liaison with the crew. I also kept track of Berkley and OzGold's adventures on the ship and provided the information sheets found in the Information section of Bears On Ice. A couple of years before I 'met' Betty Trummel, I did another series involving a soft/stuffed toy on a voyage. This toy was not tied to a school/class (more to a particular student and family and friends). I did extensive writing and took a zillion pictures. In 1999, Betty asked me to take her class' GeoBear, Brownie, on a voyage. This resulted in even more pictures and information and it seemed that the students really enjoyed them. So in 2000, I volunteered to take Berkley and OzGold. The adventures of Berkley and OzGold are what is captured in Bears on Ice.

Just to give you a little more information about the management structure of the Voyage, Suzanne Stallman was the Voyage Leader - she took overall responsibility for the voyage program and ensuring meeting all its programs and objectives. The management of the ship itself is of course under the Master (or Captain if your prefer)and their management structure involves a Chief Mate (or First Officer) and other mates, a Chief Engineer and other engineers, and other crew covering ships operations and household (catering etc.).

Here are a few photographs I have taken over the years that show Antarctica from the Australian perspective. Hope you enjoy them as well as the adventures of Berkley and OzGold.

Students and educators may use these pictures as long as you include a copyright statement. Others should contact me before using. All photographs are © Gordon Bain, unless identified otherwise. If you have any questions about Antarctica, details about this voyage or about other voyages I have taken to Antarctica, please don't hesitate to contact me at hausbain2@bigpond.com.

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