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Looking at New Zealand - Campbell Island

Television (Full Length) – 1967

This episode from the 1960s Sunday night magazine series travels to New Zealand's southernmost subantarctic island to observe scientists, meteorologists and post office staff. The world's largest seabird, the royal albatross, is banded and monitored at remote Campbell Island, while gangs of cantankerous elephant seals make their presence felt. Meteorologists at Beeman Cove are seen tinkering with equipment, and writing weather reports. Weather reporting was a major activity on the wind-battered island, which lies 660km south of New Zealand.

When the mail arrives everybody usually disappears into their room or some little cubby hole where they really attack this mail ... different chaps have different methods of attacking it.
– A Campbell Island worker on the joy of receiving mail

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