Whilst working closely
with the writers we learnt a great deal about the history of Macquarie
Island. Through the stories and the Information Hut we learnt what
life must have really been like for the sealers, scientists and other
people living on the island from the late 1800s to the early
The wild life on Macquarie
Island also interested us greatly. The fact that feral animals, such
as cats and rabbits have damaged much of the flora and fauna on the
island concerned us greatly. Macquarie Island is a serene place with
a small community of people living there annually.
The journals we read
about the island gave us insights into the everyday lives of the Sailors,
Sealers and Scientists who visited the island more than 100 years
The photographs of the
shipwrecks on the island and offshore, helped us understand just how
influential the climate is on the sub Antarctic islands.
We learnt that severe
storms around the area are not uncommon. Temperatures dropped well
below 0°C, which made life very uncomfortable for the residents
of the island.
In our development of
the Macquarie Island web page one of our challenges was to accurately
portray the information that we were provided to an audience of students
One of the most important tips we can offer
those who are preparing to make their own web pages is to plan your
site carefully. Before we began our work on Macquarie Island we used
the concept mapping program 'Inspiration'
which allowed us to plan our pages and links carerully. If we had not
spent time doing this to begin with we would have had les of an idea
about the layourt of our site.
Within our site you can find lots of information about
the history of Macquarie Island.
The "Journals" contain stories about the
people and events which make the history of Macquarie Island so interesting.
The journals are in pdf formal and therefore you will require Adobe
Acrobat Reader to view them. They have been divided into three
For a bit of fun and games check out the Challenges
page, where you can find quizes and games. You will require the Macromedia
Flash 4 plugin for most of the games to work. This can be found at
All the answers to the two quizzes can be found within the many journals,
so get reading!
page contains links to interesting stories which contain a mystery
which to this day is yet to be solved...
Get out of the cold and into the Information
Hut! Here you will find all the facts and figures about Macquarie
Island - a database of shipwrecks, Antarctic Circumpolar Currents,
weather details, a glossary and more.
1. Our Entry:
We entered our Web site
as students from Fahan school: For the purpose of our work on the
'Macquarie Island' Internet pages, we have called ourselves Fahan
of "The Macquarie Island Community"
The Macquarie Island
community was made up of Sealers, Scientists and Sailors.
Sealers of the Island
included people such as Joseph Hatch and Allan Villiers. Joseph Hatch
was a chemist, businessman, politician and brilliant public speaker.
Joseph Hatch quite literally sank a small fortune in the Macquarie
Island oiling industries. He made many enemies along the way, including
Sir Douglas Mawson.
Allan Villiers was a
writer and whaler who visited Macquarie Island with a Norwegian whaling
fleet, and later wrote a comic description of the islands' 'little
Charlie Chaplins' - the penguins.
Scientists of the island
included people such as Scobie Pye, a rat scientist, and Martin Davies,
Scobie Pye researched
the original Macquarie Island rats, which probably floated ashore
on ship wreckage. The Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service is trying
to eliminate the descendants of these rats from Macquarie Island -
but in order to do this, they need to know more about the rats' behaviour.
Before Martin Davies
surveyed the historical sites of Macquarie Island in1980, expeditioners
had been in the habit of collecting historical items and displaying
them at the station. Davies recommended that people should leave items
where they found them so they could be accurately assessed, and if
necessary, properly conserved.
The shipwrecks of Macquarie
Island also formed a part of the Macquarie Island history. Such shipwrecks
included the Bencleugh and Kakanui.
The crew of the Bencleugh
miraculously dragged themselves to an icy shore after their schooner
was wrecked at Middle Beach. With very little to eat, no boots and
few clothes, they spent several cold months marooned on the island.
Relatives of stranded
sealers asked the New Zealand Government to send a relief ship to
Macquarie Island. The Kakanui collected the gang from Lusitania Bay
and sailed into a storm, never to be seen again.
These people went to
make up the community on Macquarie Island.
3. Summary of
We, Susan and Fflur
at Fahan School in Sandy Bay have been researching and gathering information
from those associated with the project. Our Learning21 web page gave
us a chance to interview those concerned with the project. Both Anne
Morgan and Glyn Roberts as writers and researchers were wonderful
to work with. We also had a chance to work with other informed individuals.
We learnt a lot about Macquarie Island and the Sealers, Sailors and
The computers and
other technologies we had access to allowed us to build the Macquarie
Island web which will now be available to be others for viewing and
to gain a further understanding of the island.
Our project enabled us to use the following software
- Macromedia Flash 4
- Macromedia Fireworks 3
- Macromedia Dreamweaver 3
- Adobe Photoshop 5.02
- MediaCleaner Pro
- Adobe Acrobat 4
- Apple Quicktime VR v 1.1
The hardware we utilised included:
- A Sony Mavica digital camera
- Apple G4 Computer
- Windows 95 PC Computer
- Panohead and tripod
for Quicktime VR panoramas
4. Our Internet
Fahan School is connected
to the Internet via a 64K ISDN line. We FTP our site to an external
ISP Tasmanian Access Server.
We Had To Overcome:
- was one of the major problems we came across in the duration of
the web page project. Due to the large number of photographs we received
from people who had been to the island, and from the writers themselves,
we were faced with a dilemma over whether to use all the images we
wanted. If we did this the files would be slow loading and we would
risk people leaving before viewing the site, or to use photographs
but compress them, and use less than we wanted. We decided on the
- was also another major problem we faced. The introductory sea
shanty was a large file. We had to choose the best way to put the
file on our web page without sacrificing too much time for download.
In the end we used Quicktime 4.0 to stream the music so as no
time would be wasted when downloading the opening music file.
of Information - were given to us to be placed in the web site.
This information came from various sources and had to be summarised
so as to create an informative and entertaining web site.
appealing - was also a major milestone we had to overcome. We
had so much information and we needed to make this informative information
appealing, even to those in the younger grades, as low as Year 7.
We overcame this problem by creating several games and interactive
challenges such as assisting an Albatross Land and a series of interactive
quizzes. These games were created using Macromedia Flash 4.0.
Thankyou for viewing
our work. If you would like to make any suggestions as to how we might
improve our pages, please fill in the comments form below. We would
value your suggestions.
Susan and Fflur