2012 is the centennial year marking the death of Robert Falcon Scott and his party during the ill-fated 'Terra Nova' Expedition. The mission was the second of Scott's Antarctic expeditions which departed from Port Chalmers (Dunedin), and there were many more undertakings to launch from New Zealand. The ship 'Antarctic', which carried the first men to ever set foot on the Antarctic mainland, departed from Port Chalmers in 1894. The exhibition 'Next Stop Antarctica' explores and celebrates the history of over a hundred years of exploration. It starts with the voyages made by such men as James Cook, Jules Dumont d'Urville and Sir James Clark Ross and ends with the US missions to Antarctica codenamed 'Operation Deep Freeze' in the 1950s. On show first editions of printed books, including a presentation copy of “The South Polar Times” given by Ernest Shackleton to the Arctic explorer Sir Allen Young, handwritten and typed letters, issues of “Little America Times” and the “Antarctic News Bulletin”, photographs, artefacts like Robert Falcon Scott's typewriter, and memorabilia relating to the American explorer Richard E. Byrd.
Next Stop Antarctica: Dunedin's Role in Polar Exploration
01 Sept. 2012|02 Dec. 2012