Author(s): Bernadett Hince
Unique and Unspoilt is based on the journals of John Bchervaise during his 13 months as officer in charge of an Australian scientific base on Heard Island. His journals document the beauty of the isolated island, the tyranny of its harsh climate, and the daily struggle of the handful of menfar from their families and loved onescharged with running a scientific base. Bchervaises recorded observations of Heard Islands fascinating fauna and limited flora, the nuances of the changing seasons, and his weather-beaten attempts to scale its volcanic peak, leave us with a remarkable picture of a bleak yet beautiful Antarctic island. The plate section provides unique glimpses of this little-known and rarely-visited island, and its 1953 occupants.