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Nimrod Telegram

“MAY I BE PRIVILEGED TO NAME A NEW RANGE OF MOUNTAINS IN THE FAR SOUTH AFTER HER MAJESTY = SHACKLETON CHRISTCHURCH NEW ZEALAND” [Telegram in the Royal Collection; image via telegramsfromlastcentury.tumblr.com]

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Polar dash with ponies

Shackleton, Adams, Marshall, and Wild, heading south with ponies, Nimrod Expedition, 1908.

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Dash for the South Pole

Setting out, 1908: The Nimrod Expedition’s Polar Team consisted of Ernest Shackleton, Jameson Adams, Eric Marshall (the expedition doctor) and Frank Wild. [Photo from Public Domain Review]

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Aurora Australis

Packing crates were used for bindings. Photos from the antarctic-circle‘s auction list, and Museum Victoria.

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Sledging Flags

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They might not have seen us

“We had the fear that those on board… might not have seen us. The terrible thought crept into our minds that we would then be left on Elephant Island to die, for by this time we could not have held … Continue reading

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Worried

“As it is now over 126 days since they left & even if they had been waiting for the Aurora to come round they should have been down here by now. I shall give them till about Sept. 10th & … Continue reading

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The subject is practically taboo

“I know that our food reserve is critical. I cannot reconcile myself to the happy go lucky hand to mouth style of saying ‘Oh it will be all right.’” “But of course, some of [Wild's] remarks dont bear much analysis … Continue reading

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“Nervous breakdown”

“Hudson was still suffering from what is generally described as “nervous breakdown.” [His] breakdown is remarkable for a man of such fine physique; but it is often the case that powerfully built men do not endure hardship & exposure very … Continue reading

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Our surgical team

The surgical team: the two doctors McElroy and Macklin, Wild and How as assistants, Blackboro of course, Hurley as “stoker,” and Greenstreet and Hudson because they were invalids anyway. Hudson kept his face averted, but Greenstreet, perched in the thwarts, … Continue reading

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