Phillip Law Interview (2004/2013)
This is part of an interview – the rest is to be restored to stereoscopic 3D.
I had the great privilege of talking to Philip Law – one of the pioneers of Antarctic Science – in 2004, when he was 92-years-old.
A man I will never forget, a man of great spirit – who knew Mawson and many others of the ‘Heroic’ era., He was a living connection between the Heroic and the Scientific eras of Antarctic history, within the remit of the human history of the continent – and pioneering and instrumental in opening up the continent to scientific knowledge. Basically, one of the great explorers and scientists of the Antarctic continent.
This was a question about landscape – about looking and recording – he shot a lot of film there..
There is much more background and story to this; I’ll relate it another time. The unfortunate audio quality arises from the fact that this was shot in stereoscopic 3D and the audio comes from the cameras – including engine noise. I had assumed an audio recorder would have been brought along. Consequently the audio soundtrack is ‘recovered’ from a noisy source. The video is post-processed from 4:3 to 16:9.
The full 3D stereo version, with good enough audio, some time in the future.
Phillip Garth Law AC, CBE, FAA (21 April 1912 – 28 February 2010) was an Australian scientist and explorer who served as director of Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions (ANARE) from 1949 to 1966.
His biographical details here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phillip_Law
More details of this interview & my Antarctic Oral History Project sometime.
Professor Pat Quilty recently published an extensive memoire of Law at the CSIRO Records of Australian Science: