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Moyes, Morston Henry

Moyes, Morston Henry

Alias: None

Title: Mr

Dates: 1886-1981

Nationality: Australian

Awards: Polar Medal (silver); Polar Medal (bronze)

Morton Henry Moyes was born on 29 June 1886 at Koolunga, South Australia. He was educated at St. Peter's College and the University of Adelaide, where he achieved a distinguished sporting record, becoming Australian high-jump champion in 1909. After graduating in mining engineering, he began a teaching career, and two years later was appointed a member of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-14 (Aurora) leader Douglas Mawson, serving as meteorologist at the base on the Shackleton Ice Shelf, Queen Mary Land.

After the expedition, Moyes was commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy, serving in HMS Encounter during the First World War. In 1916, he was seconded from the Navy for navigating duties in Aurora on the Ross Sea Relief Expedition 1916-17 (Aurora), which was organised to rescue survivors of the Ross Sea Party of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-17 ( Aurora).

In 1929, he made his final journey to Antarctica as survey officer to the British, Australian, New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition 1929-31 (Discovery), led by Mawson, serving on the first voyage only.

Moyes was the first officer in the Royal Australian Navy to become an instructor captain, and was the first director of education in the service, a post he held until his retirement in 1946. After the Second World War, he was appointed Commonwealth Rehabilitation Officer, organising a rehabilitation scheme which later became permanent for civilians.

From 1957 until his retirement in 1975, he served as president of the New South Wales branch of the Naval Association of Australia. He died on 20 September 1981 in Sydney, Australia. He was awarded three Polar Medals, silver Antarctic 1912-14 and bronze (with no clasp) 1917 and bronze Antarctic 1929-30


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