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Auroras now became visible and a regular occurrence.  Although the auroras provided a distraction and enjoyment they were described, recorded and even sketched as part of their observations at Cape Adare.

Along with the day-to-day chores of living in this foreign climate, Campbell, Levick, and Priestley started work in their particular areas of expertise.  Campbell started on a survey of Ridley Beach and Cape Adare and took the first magnetic observations.  Levick started a study of the wildlife in the area and perfected his photography skills.  Early on the trip out from England, he had been appointed the group’s photographer.  Having little photography experience he worked hard developing the necessary skills first under the guidance of Ponting and now by constant practice with sometimes-helpful feedback from the team.  Priestley found plenty of interesting geology, organized the meteorology, and spent some time at sea in a small pram unsuccessfully lowering and retrieving fish traps.  Abbott, Browning, and Dickason worked with them, carrying out observations and providing the very necessary support.  During this time, many sea bottom soundings and depths were taken—a  slow laborious process requiring many holes cut through the sea ice.

A schedule was drawn up now all six were involved in the 24 hour meteorology observation.  Browning  made a makeshift alarm clock using a candle, string, gramophone and a Caruso record-effective but not popular.[1]

[1] King, The Wicked Mate.  The Antarctic diary of Victor Campbell., 69.

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