ICY WILDERNESS: During his time working for the Bureau of Meteorology Sunshine Coast author Dave Morgan travelled to Antarctica three times. Photo: Contributed
ICY WILDERNESS: During his time working for the Bureau of Meteorology Sunshine Coast author Dave Morgan travelled to Antarctica three times. Photo: Contributed Contributed

Antarctica brings peace

LIKE so many other young diggers Dave Morgan returned from service in Vietnam with deeply buried demons.

While he struggled to present a normal face to the world, Mr Morgan's battle with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) left him restless and unable to find any peace but full of denial about his condition.

Shying away from suburban sprawl, Mr Morgan sought isolation.

While in his early fifties, working for the Bureau of Meteorology, Mr Morgan turned to the seclusion of Antarctic research.

"I wanted to find peace and got the opportunity to search for it in Antarctica," he said.

"It was impossible for me to live in the city and going to Antarctica gave me the chance to get away."

Time in Antarctica allowed Mr Morgan to escape from suburbia and feel safe for the first time in 30 years.

But while he was able to face his fears, the PTSD remained with him.

The catalyst for change happened during Mr Morgan's third expedition to the icy continent when he suffered a life threatening accident.

"I was working as a Bureau of Meteorology officer at Casey Station," he said.

"I hit my head and had a severe head injury.

"I had to be evacuated out and it took them three weeks to get me back to Australia.

"During recovery my family came to me and said let's get your life straightened out.

"If I didn't have the accident I would have kept going the way I was."

After seeing a mental health professional Mr Morgan managed to find a new way forward and begin a new life.

His book Ice Journey, released in 2010, tells the story of Mr Morgan's incredible journey from the torment of the Vietnamese jungle to the starkly beautiful peaks of Antarctica and how he managed to find the peace which had eluded him.

This week the Sunshine Coast author will be in the South Burnett to hold author talks in regards to his book.

The talks will take place tomorrow at the Nanango library from 10.30am and on Thursday at the Kingaroy library from 10.30am.

South Burnett

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