Indicator: AATH-06 Condition of scientific research stations - survey of Wilkes Station
For details of the survey refer to:
Wilkes Station on Clark Peninsula was built by the United States in 1957 and Australia took custody of the station in 1959.
Wilkes Station is now almost permanently frozen in ice and is only occasionally revealed during a big thaw every four or five years. Many objects remain embedded in the ice.
The condition of the buildings has deteriorated since the site was abandoned in 1969 and repairs are necessary for the survival of the structures. What remains at Wilkes are a number of barracks buildings known as 'Clements' huts, and the remnants of the semi-cylindrical canvas store buildings known as 'Jamesway' huts.
More heritage/archaeological surveys are required for a more complete understanding.
Australian Antarctic Territory — Cultural heritage aspects - Condition of heritage sites and collections
This indicator examines and provides evidence for the overall condition of significant heritage sites, structures and artefacts associated with Wilkes Station.
Other indicators for this issue:
- AATH-01 Macquarie and Heard Islands — survey of the condition of shipwrecks on or around and sites associated with the sealing industry
- AATH-02 Survey of the condition of Mawson’s Huts, Cape Denison, 1911-14
- AATH-03 Survey of the condition of scientific research stations established on Macquarie Island
- AATH-04 Survey of he condition of scientific research stations established on Heard Island
- AATH-05 Condition of Scientific research stations - survey of Mawson Station
- AATH-07 Condition of scientific research stations - survey of Davis Station
- AATH-08 Survey of condition of collections outside of Australia’s Antarctic Territory